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Hot Cross Scones with a Buttermilk Sugar Glaze

These Hot Cross Scones with a Buttermilk Sugar Glaze have all the classic flavours of hot cross buns. And they’re quick and so easy to make!

Since Easter is just a few days away, I thought I’d share an easy  and festive recipe with you!  One that you can whip up quickly for your Easter brunch!

{ Hot Cross Scones }

I don’t know about you, but we love hot cross buns.  They’re really the best aren’t they?  I love them so much I was trying to think of other ways to enjoy the flavour.  Then I thought, what about scones?  So I did some digging and found a recipe for inspiration and came up with this delicious twist…Hot Cross Scones with a Buttermilk Sugar Glaze.  Yum.

Hot Cross Scones {A Pretty Life}

Technically these scones should have the icing added in a cross shape to more resemble a hot cross bun, but I just could not resist getting all drizzly.  I just drizzled like it was going out of style!  Looks yummy, no?

Hot Cross Scones {A Pretty Life}

Serve them up with a big glass of milk or tea or coffee and you have the perfect snack or addition to brunch!

Hot Cross Scones {A Pretty Life}

I made these scones quite big, but next time I think I’d make them mini scones which are perfectly bite sized!  And great for kids!

Hot Cross Scones {A Pretty Life}

So delicious!



Hot Cross Scones with a Buttermilk Sugar Glaze

These Hot Cross Scones with a Buttermilk Sugar Glaze have all the classic flavours of hot cross buns. And they’re quick and so easy to make!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones 1x
  • Category: Bread



Scone Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 3/4 cup butter (cold and cut into small cubes)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 12 tbsp buttermilk


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves, baking powder and salt.
  4. Stir in the lemon zest.
  5. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse sand with a few pea-sized pieces.
  6. Whisk in the currants.
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg.
  8. Add the buttermilk/egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  9. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until a loosely formed ball of dough is formed. Then gently work the dough into a 1 inch thick disk.
  10. You can use a 3 inch biscuit cutter to cut out the scones, or I like to use a pizza cutter and cut the disk into 12 equal sized pieces.
  11. Transfer the scones to your parchment paper lined baking sheet, and brush with a little buttermilk.
  12. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  13. Transfer the scones to a rack to cool completely before applying the glaze.
  14. To make the glaze, stir together the buttermilk and icing sugar until the desired consistency.
  15. Transfer the glaze into a ziplock bag, cut a corner of the bag off, and pipe the icing onto the cooled scones.
  16. Enjoy!

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  1. Visiting from Marvelous Mondays. I love hot cross buns and these scones have got me wanting to reach through the screen to grab one. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would for you to stop by and share these and other recipes with us. Happy Easter, have a great weekend!

  2. These do look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! My husband loves scones, I’ll have to give these a try! I found your link through Marvelous Mondays link party.