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.
Recipe by A Kitchen Addiction at