Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

These homemade bagels are so dense and chewy and the crunchy cinnamon topping will make you swoon!

You want to know what the worst part of being a food blogger is? Besides the dishes, of course.

It’s all of the food. I mean, yes, the food part is also the best part, but yeah. Worst part, too.

These homemade bagels are so dense and chewy and the crunchy cinnamon topping will make you swoon!

We have so much food laying around the house that it’s not even that exciting. My husband loves Panera’s Cinnamon Crunch Bagels. I decided to make some for him and do you know what? He didn’t even try one.

What a jerk! Except, he wasn’t being mean. He had just eaten our favorite baked spaghetti for dinner and some ridiculous Nutella brownies for dessert and he doesn’t eat breakfast like a normal person and he just never got around to trying one of these bagels. If I were the type of person who did not have a ton of food spread all over our kitchen all the time, he’d probably have inhaled the entire dozen bagels!

These homemade bagels are so dense and chewy and the crunchy cinnamon topping will make you swoon!

Oh, well. More bagels for me!

I haven’t had a Panera or Einstein’s cinnamon bagel in a loooooong time, so I can’t state with certainty that these are a good copycat recipe. That said, these are absolutely, ridiculously, outrageously good bagels. They’re just perfection. The crunchy topping is amazing and the bagel itself is dense and chewy, just the way bagels should be! I really enjoyed this recipe! I have quite a few of these stashed away in the freezer and plan to heat them up in the oven on a day when my husband is around to enjoy them.

Do you love bagels? What’s your favorite flavor?

These homemade bagels are so dense and chewy and the crunchy cinnamon topping will make you swoon!

Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

Prep Time 90 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 2 hrs
Serves 12 bagels     adjust servings

This bagel dough is spiced with cinnamon and then topped with even more cinnamon and sugar that bakes up crunchy and fabulous!


For the bagels

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110-120 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 cups all purpose flour

For the topping

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the yeast, warm water, and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  2. Let sit for 10 minute or until the yeast is bubbling and foamy. Stir in the cinnamon, salt, and 2 cups of flour.
  3. Use the dough hook to begin kneading the dough on low speed. Gradually add more flour until the dough just begins to come together. You may not need the full 5 cups of dough or you may need a bit more. Knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Transfer dough to a greased large bowl and cover. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  5. Punch down dough and break off into 12 small balls. Push your thumb through the centers of each ball of dough and form into a bagel shape. Place on a floured surface and let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Fill a large pot with water and add the remaining tablespoon of brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Drop the bagels into the water, two at a time, and boil for 45 seconds. Flip over and continue cooking on the other side for another 45 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate. Blot to dry and remove to a greased baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over all of the boiled bagels.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Cool on a wire rack.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bagel
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 234kcal Calories from fat 5
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Carbohydrate 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 10g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g