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Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

This bagel dough is spiced with cinnamon and then topped with even more cinnamon and sugar that bakes up crunchy and fabulous!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword back to school, easy breakfast recipes, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12 bagels
Calories 249kcal


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


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the yeast, warm water, and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  • Let sit for 10 minute or until the yeast is bubbling and foamy. Stir in the cinnamon, salt, and 2 cups of flour.
  • 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.
  • Transfer dough to a greased large bowl and cover. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over all of the boiled bagels.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Cool on a wire rack.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2.6mg