Title says it all! You can choose to decorate them with the traditional flour and water cross or - after they're cooked - pipe on a melted chocolate cross. I make these without the fruit but I think currants and orange peel would be a good addition if you want some fruit.
Substitute some of the flour with cocoa to make a chocolate flour cross - about a tablespoon.
Altered ingredient amounts. For the first time ever making chocolate hot cross buns, I was impressed at how easy it was after all. Thanks for the chocolate choc chip idea...the kids prefer these to regular fruit buns. - 23 Apr 2011
Very nice mix. Thank for sharing Isobel. My kids (5 & 2) are already devouring these! Time to whip another batch I think. - 02 Apr 2011
Made it healthier. (Well, not that Sultana's contain any less sugar than choc bits) I replaced the choc bits with Sultanas and whipped it up in my bread maker - 02 Apr 2011