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Cranberry Orange Bagels

Dried cranberries and orange zest add bright flavor to these scrumptious morning treats. Switch up the taste, if you’d like, by using raisins and cinnamon. —Kristy Reeves, LeRoy, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 bagels


  • 1 cup plus 4 tablespoons water (70° to 80°), divided
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal


  • In bread machine pan, place 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, cranberries, brown sugar, orange zest, salt, cloves, flour and yeast in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into nine balls. Push thumb through centers to form a 1-in. hole. Stretch and shape dough to form an even ring. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes; flatten rings slightly.
  • Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water; add sugar and bring to a boil. Drop bagels, two at a time, into boiling water. Cook for 45 seconds; turn and cook 45 seconds longer. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • Whisk egg white and remaining water; brush over bagels. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place bagels 2 in. apart on prepared pan. Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 197 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • jeanniem12
    Oct 9, 2018

    Fantastic bagel recipe! I like to substitute freshly grated nutmeg for the cloves. Wonderful flavor and texture.

  • Psychojoe
    Nov 3, 2014

    This is my favorite bagel recipe. Wonderful right out of the oven. I discovered the cooled bagels stay softer when I add the "left-over" yolk to the bread machine ingredients; I do this with all my bagel recipes now.

  • mariedingle
    Aug 29, 2012

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE!!!!! THEY are amazing and I just love the taste and texture of them!!!

  • lcheidorn
    Jan 27, 2012

    Never thought bagels would be this easy to make. I liked the cloves in this. It goes well with the orange zest. I'm glad to see that others have divided the dough into 12 portions and will try that next time. I also think I'll try dried blueberries with some lemon zest.

  • profbandit
    Jan 24, 2012

    This is a great recipe for a flavorful bagel. I always use grated orange zest and dried cranberries from Trader Joe's.For those new to bagel baking, I'd like to point out one area of concern. You should drain the boiled bagels on a cloth towel or a cooling rack. If you drain your bagels on paper towels, you'll have to peel paper off the dough before cooking. Not fun. I also recommend boiling them in a cast iron pan instead of a dutch oven. Just remember to re-season your cast iron afterwards. :)

  • Ms Connie
    Jan 14, 2012

    Absolutely delicious! So easy to make. Best bagels I ever made. The only change I made was to substitute the cloves with 1/8 tsp. of allspice. My husband couldn't believe they are made with white flour since he rarely will eat any bread pruduct not made with whole wheat flour.

  • mjaymes
    Jan 7, 2012

    <p>My first attempt at bagels and they were wonderful. I have another batch in the oven right now using fresh blueberries instead of the cranberries/orange. (The first batch I used cinnamon and raisins - they disappeared in NO time and my husband is not a big fan of bagel.)  I plan to make several different batches for a family brunch next weekend.</p>

  • rkaiser53
    Jan 5, 2012

    This was my first bagel recipe and i am quite pleased with the results. i have made it several times using the orange zest or substituting a little water with orange juice. Both worked well. I don't have a bread machine so i mixed and Kneaded the dough then let rise for an hour. I have also tried the maple nut spread which is good but prefer these bagels toasted with butter, you can really taste the cranberry and orange and just use the maple nut spread on plain bagels.

  • chuonder
    Jan 2, 2012

    I'm hoping that there is a "learning curve" to make them look like the picture but the flavor is great! I did not add the additional water and even added two tablespoons of extra flour and my dough was still VERY STICKY. I will for sure try to perfect this recipe!

  • da_30303
    Dec 31, 2011

    These are the first bagels I have ever made. They were AWESOME! I used orange juice instead of water. I will make these again.