Hot Cross Scrolls

Anyone who follows Simple Home Cook and Be A Fun Mum knows that we love our scroll recipes. I also love hot cross buns and have consumed way too many of them already and it is not even Easter yet. So why not combine them!

They are much easier to make than hot cross buns – no yeast – no rising time and limited sugar which makes them a healthier  alternative.

Happy Easter everyone and have a safe holiday.

Amanda (Simple Home Cook)

Hot Cross Scroll

Makes 8


  • 3 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 ½  cups natural Greek yoghurt
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp caster sugar
  • ¾ cup sultanas
  • Optional choc chips


  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 Tbspn water


  • 2 Tbspn caster sugar
  • 2 Tbspn hot water
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
  1. In a large bowl, add all scroll ingredients. Stir to combine. The mixture will appear crumbly but mix it as best you can. 

Hot Cross Scrolls

  1. Tip it out onto a floured bench and bring together with your hands to form a dough consistency. If it appears too wet, you can add more flour to get a dough like consistency. 

Hot Cross Scrolls

Hot Cross Scrolls

  1. Roll out to a rectangle about ½ cm thick.   At this stage you can add other things to your scrolls such as choc bits, dried apricots etc. Sprinkle them over the rectangle. You can also add a mixutre of a tablespoon of butter, a tablespoon of brown sugar and a teaspoon of sugar if desired. 

Hot Cross Scrolls

  1. Roll the rectangle up to form a long cigar. Cut into pieces approx. 4cm thick.

Hot Cross Scrolls

  1. Place on a lined baking tray or in a lighly greased oven dish.

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  1. Now – make the cross to pipe over the top. This step is optional and for looks only. Stir together the flour and water until smooth. Pour into a zip lock bag. Snip off the corner and pipe the crosses over the top of the scrolls.

Hot Cross Scrolls

  1. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 mins or until cooked through. If they are browning too quickly, cover them with foil or baking paper.

Hot Cross Scrolls

  1. To make the glaze, stir together sugar and hot water. Remove the scrolls from the oven and immediately brush over glaze. Allow to cook slightly.

Hot Cross Scrolls

We cut them in half, lathered them with butter and devoured them all!

Hot Cross Scrolls

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  • Reply
    Ellia Blue
    April 6, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Okay, I totally want to make this and fill it half to bursting with caramel. I bet they smell amazing when they’re cooking!

  • Reply
    April 9, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    These did not work at all. The mixture was sloppy and the measurement for the cross mixture was way too thick. So disappointing

  • Reply
    April 26, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    This mixture was far too wet the ratios seem off. We added at least another cup of flour to the board and probably could have added more as it was still too wet to hold the scroll layers they joined up once rolled. Hopefully taste good but worried we diluted the spice too much.

    • Reply
      Kelly - Be A Fun Mum
      April 28, 2020 at 7:23 am

      Once you get this dough recipe down pat, it is AWESOME. I use it for heaps of things, like this flatbread -> http://www.beafunmum.com/2014/01/easy-flat-bread-recipe/

      It can be normal to have to add extra flour to this dough so feel confident about adding flour until you have the right dough consistency (sounds like that is what you have done). Let me know how you went with it.

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