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Cinnamon Bagels with Crunchy Topping

Once you get the hang of it, you won’t believe how simple it is to make these bakery-quality bagels right in your kitchen. —Kristen Streepey, Geneva, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Shape into 12 balls. Push thumb through each center to form a 1-1/2-in. hole. Stretch and shape dough to form an even ring. Place on a floured surface. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water and remaining brown sugar; bring to a boil. Drop bagels, 2 at a time, into boiling water. Cook for 45 seconds; turn and cook 45 seconds longer. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain well on paper towels.
  • In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients; sprinkle over bagels. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 bagel: 164 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • DDPLoeches
    Apr 30, 2020

    I've made prettier bagels, but we enjoyed these. I mixed up some honey-butter-cream cheese, and I decided that just butter would have been good too; the honey was a little too sweet.

  • Kiara
    Jan 29, 2019

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  • Krista
    Jun 6, 2018

    I work with yeast a lot. However, I've never attempted bagels. This recipe was so easy and tastes great. I did have a mishap with the topping- I coated the whole bagel in it- which burned the bottoms just a tad. I wonder what they would taste like without the topping. I will try that next time. Great recipe regardless.

  • Patty
    Dec 31, 2017

    First time ever making bagels. These turned out really well and is an easy recipe to follow. I read after that if you boil 2 minutes you get a chewier bagel. I did it at 45 seconds per the recipe- this does yield some chew with a soft interior. Next time will boil a bit longer to see if I might like it even more. The brown sugar in the recipe is divided- didn't realize it until it was too late. Bagels still delish with all the brown sugar in the dough and none in the water (oops).

  • marcibanes
    Dec 17, 2017

    The bagels turned out pretty good for my first time . The only reason I say, "pretty good", is because they did not turn out very pretty. That was DUE to it being my first time. I did have to add extra flour and note to self, " do not flatten the dough to much when shaping. Great taste.

  • Bcooks
    Sep 16, 2015

    This was my first time attempting bagels (and I don't even bake with yeast very often) and they were really sticky and didn't really rise for me or get "golden brown" when I baked them. They weren't very pretty, but the taste was fantastic. I did add more flour than what the recipe called for due to how sticky it was. I was afraid to add too much flour, but I believe I should have added more! I will keep this recipe, do a little more research and practice on making bagels......and try it again some time!

  • Spiffy64
    Oct 4, 2014

    These are fantastic! They took a little time to make but are definitely worth it.They are now my new favorite homemade bagel recipe and I will definitely be making them again!

  • garganzola
    Jan 27, 2014

    My first attempt at bagels, and they turned out pretty good! I had to add quite a bit more flour than this recipe called for, and the dough was still very sticky. But all in all - they were very tasty and I will make them again.

  • BrendainPa
    Sep 3, 2013

    These were very good, however I tried to save some time by making the dough in my bread machine. I used 3 cups of flour but the dough could practically be poured out of the bowl. I had to add at least another cup of flour to make it manageable...not exactly what I bargained for. I'm not sure I'll try again, but I'll definitely nix the bread maker!

  • linda68
    Aug 15, 2013

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