Cinnamon Sugar Bagels {with Whipped Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese}

Cinnamon Sugar Bagels with Whipped Honey Cream Cheese Recipe l

I’m sure you’ve realized by now that I have a thing for breakfast food, especially baked goods. It doesn’t matter if it’s scones, muffins, toast, coffee cake, etc., you’ll most likely find one of them in my house at any given time. However, I’ve realized I don’t make many bagels. I don’t know why. They are so easy and they can be made with so many flavor combinations. One of my favorites is a cinnamon sugar bagel.

Cinnamon Swirl Bagels with Whipped Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Recipe l

These bagels have cinnamon in the base and a cinnamon sugar swirl that is mixed throughout. To make the flavor even richer, a cinnamon sugar glaze lightly covers the tops of them. An easy whipped honey cinnamon cream cheese is the perfect pairing to these bagels. If you’re someone who hasn’t made bagels before, you may think that the long list of ingredients and instructions means they’re difficult to make, but the actual process is actually quite easy. Just mix, let rise, shape, let rest, boil, and bake. That’s it!

Cinnamon Swirl Bagels with Whipped Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Recipe l

If you are someone who doesn’t like to work with yeast breads because of the time that is involved with rising, you really should give these a try. When you take the first warm, chewy bite, you realize that the time it takes to make these cinnamon sugar bagels worth it!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Cinnamon Swirl Bagels
Serves: 8
For the Bagels
  • 3½ C bread flour
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 2¼ tsp Platinum or Instant Dry Red Star Yeast
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ C water, warmed to 120-130F
For the Cinnamon Swirl
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
For the Water Bath
  • 8-10 C water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • cinnamon sugar for garnish, optional
For the Cream Cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼-1/2 tsp cinnamon, depending on preference
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine 2½ C flour salt, yeast, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add in warm water and beat until dough just starts to come together. Add remaining flour and beat until dough comes together. Swap out paddle attachment for a dough hook.
  2. Knead on medium-low for 8-10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic.
  3. Shape dough into a ball and place into an oiled bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in size, about an hour.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface (my dough barely needed any flour to prevent it from sticking). Gently press into a thick rectangle.
  5. Stir together cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top. Fold rectangle in half and cut into 8 pieces.
  6. Press each piece of dough together and roll into a ball. If cinnamon sugar falls out, just roll the dough in it. Press your finger through the middle of the ball of dough and stretch and shape the dough out until the hole in the middle is about 1½ inches wide.
  7. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or lined with a silicone mat. Repeat with remaining dough. Allow to rest for 25-30 minutes or until puffed but not double in size.
  8. Preheat oven to 400. While dough is resting, bring water and sugars to a boil over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  9. In batches, boil bagels 45-50 seconds per side. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar, if desired.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully flip them after 8-10 minutes to help with even cooking/rising.
  11. Allow to cool on a wire rack before serving.
  12. Prepare whipped cream cheese by placing cream cheese, honey, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.


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  1. I have never made my own bagels but they don’t look as hard as I thought! These look delish girl…I am a sucker for anything cinnamon swirl…and with honey cinnamon cream cheese!!

  2. Bagels are my carb weakness, and I love love LOVE them. Can’t get enough really, I’ve been wanting to try making my own for eons, but just haven’t gone through with it, I just might have to try these guys as my first batch. They look so good!

  3. I’m always a sucker for Bruegger’s cinnamon sugar bagels …I never would have thought to make them at home! And seriously, that whipped honey cream cheese…YUM!

  4. These look delicious! I’ve always wanted to learn to make my own bagels! YUM!

  5. YES, this is my FAVORITE kind of bagel. Bagels seem kind of intimidating to make…this doesn’t look that hard. Love your food styling. Great job :) I kinda have a thing for breakfast too, the best meal of the day right?!

  6. I had no idea bagels were so easy to make! I am a huge bagel fan (or really anything that has a ton of carbs, if I am being honest) and these sound delicious! Great post!

  7. Breakfast doesn’t get much better than this! I love all your breakfast treats :)

  8. Miss Royal Pieness says:

    Oh no,
    I do have a soft spot for anything with cinnamon in it.
    And these bagels are just smiling at me ‘make me, bake me, eat me’
    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous cuties!

  9. I’m totally loving all your breakfast baked goods. Keep them coming.

  10. I haven’t made bagels in a little while, and have never made cinnamon-sugar bagels. Love that you made a spread to go with them too.

  11. I crave bagels all the time! I can’t believe you made your own – I’m super impressed. I bet they are amazing when you make them from scratch.

  12. I’ve always be so scared to try bagels. I make my own yeast breaks, but there something about the boil thing that makes me nervous. I think I’ll have to give it a go. These look to delicious not to try them! YUM!!

  13. I’ve never made bagels.. These look amazing.. can’t wait to try.

  14. I love bagels and yours look like they turned out amazing! especially with that cream cheese. Swoooonn!

  15. Your Bagels look perfect! I had a very failed attempt at them once. I bet this recipe will be tons better. I’ll have to try it soon!

  16. I need these in my life! I love bagels and yet I’ve never made them. That definitely needs to change! Pinned

  17. These look divine. I am a bagel fiend, I could happily eat them for breakfast every day. Cannot wait to give these a go, They look absolutely perfect! Love the idea of the cream cheese too. You’re awesome.. yummm! x

  18. Twice the cinnamon is twice as nice! Watch out Panera.

  19. So, these are like my favorite cinnamon raisin bagel but WAY BETTER. Swoon!

  20. Wow your bagels look so perfect! And I could eat that cream cheese with a spoon :)

  21. Oh Yum! We love baked good for breakfast! I love the addition of cinnamon and sugar!

  22. I love cinnamon bagels! Yours look perfect, and the cinnamon cream cheese is the perfect topping!

  23. your bagels look sooooo delicious, and that cream cheese is divine!

  24. seriously, these bagels look professional. great job. i need to try to make bagels asap! emphasis on try. :)

  25. I am terrible at making bagels but i think i need to try again with these. They look fabulous :)

  26. CINNAMONYYYYY!!! and oooh that honey cream cheese–these have all my fave breakfast flavors!

  27. Breakfast food is the best of ALL the food categories! No contest. 😀 These cinnamon sugar bagels need to be added to my breakfast routine for sure they look so freaking good!

  28. Cinnamon bagels are my all-time favorite and yours sound amazing! I love the addition of that lovely whipped honey cinnamon cream cheese. Such a nice touch!

  29. I heart these cinnamon sugar bagels!! Could you just make a dozen extra and send them on over?? 😉 And that cream cheese-swoon!!!

  30. These look amazing Jessica! love bagels but have never made them at home and can’t wait to try these with that cinnamon cream cheese! Pinning!

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