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Cinnamon Crunch Pumpkin Bagels {with Whipped Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese}

Cinnamon Crunch Pumpkin Bagels with Whipped Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Recipe l

Homemade bagels aren’t something that get made around here very often. In fact, I think I’ve only made them a couple of other times. Each time I make them, and I’m enjoying the first warm, chewy bite, I wonder why I don’t make them more often. That happened when I took my first bite of these cinnamon crunch pumpkin bagels. Sure, they require a couple of rises, but the actual process isn’t difficult. Don’t let the longer list of instructions scare you off!

Cinnamon Crunch Pumpkin Bagels with Whipped Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Recipe l

Since it’s fall, and I’m still loving all things pumpkin, I decided to go with a pumpkin bagel filled with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices. The top has a nice, crunchy cinnamon sugar topping that is reminiscent of a Panera cinnamon crunch bagel (and since I love cinnamon, I didn’t think it would be bad to add more of it!).

Cinnamon Crunch Pumpkin Bagels with Whipped Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Recipe l

Give these cinnamon crunch pumpkin bagels a try, and you’ll find that you don’t need to take a trip to your favorite bagel shop as often. These homemade bagels have the same chewy outside with a soft inside that you expect from the bagels at a bagel shop. A homemade whipped pumpkin pie cream cheese tops these tasty homemade bagels and makes these a special fall breakfast for you and your family.

Cinnamon Crunch Pumpkin Bagels with Whipped Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese
Author: A Kitchen Addiction
Serves: 9
  • For the Bagels
  • 3 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry Red Star yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 1 C warm water, about 120 degrees F
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree, room temperature
  • For the Topping
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C coarse sugar/sugar in the raw
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • For the Cream Cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, yeast, and 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together warm water and pumpkin puree. Slowly add dry ingredients. When dough starts to get stiff, change out paddle for a dough hook. Mix for about 5 minutes at a low to medium speed. If dough is still super sticky, add another 1-2 tablespoons flour.
  3. Lightly grease a large bowl. Place dough into bowl and cover with a clean towel. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Punch dough down and divide into 9-10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  5. Press finger through middle of ball and form into a bagel shape. Make the hole about the size of a quarter as the dough will rise some more. Place dough onto a lightly greased pan or surface. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  6. Let rise for another 20-30 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with a baking mat or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. While oven is preheating, bring 12 cups of water and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of sugar to a boil in a large saucepan.
  9. In batches, boil bagels for 20-30 seconds per side. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 5 minutes. Flip bagels over.
  11. Stir together ingredients for the topping. (Press together with a spoon to get chunks of sugar topping.) Sprinkle over the tops of flipped bagels.
  12. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  13. Allow to cool before serving.
  14. To make cream cheese: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and beat until creamy. (A hand mixer works best, but you can whip it by hand.) Refrigerate for an hour before serving to allow flavors to blend.

This recipe is adapted from Williams Sonoma.

Bob Hogan

Sunday 14th of September 2014

I wanted to like these bagels when I saw all the five star reviews, I thought I'd give it a try. Next time I'll read all the reviews to see that a lot of the reviews are people reviewing based on the pictures or how awesome the flavors would be, but not anyone that's actually made them.

To start with these bagels were not enjoyable. They were hard, tough, flat, and didn't really taste like pumpkin. Additionally, the cinnamon crunch topping was not enjoyable to eat and just fell off the top of the bagel. The only positive: the whipped pumpkin cream cheese. Absolutely amazing, and I know I'll be using it again... just with a different bagel recipe.

Emily @ Life on Food

Sunday 3rd of November 2013

Seriously?!?! These look fantastic. Cinnamon crunch bagels are my favorite special treat at the local bagel shop. Pumpkin would be fantastic!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

Sunday 27th of October 2013

The crunch on this is to die for!! I am obsesssssed. And pumpkin pie cream cheese -- are you joking? Dude, just pass the spoon! Amazing job, Jessica!!

Laura Dembowski

Friday 25th of October 2013

I so need these in my life! They look like the best bagels ever!


Friday 25th of October 2013

Yum! Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my fave at Panera!! These look awesome, Jessica. :)