Cinnamon Sugar Bagels

Cinnamon Sugar Bagels are easy to make at home! They're boiled for an authentic bagel flavor and topped with cinnamon sugar before baking. The perfect breakfast!

Hello, my name is Dorothy and I’m a bagel addict. I love bagels so much, it was about time I made my own.

Hello Cinnamon Sugar Bagels, prepare to be devoured. Add some PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread and prepare to be demolished.

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Bagels are so much easier than you'd expect!

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the Peninsula. There were several bagel shops within walking distance of my house and I’d usually hit one (or both) several times per week.

When we lived in Arizona, the bagel store close to our house made the best bagel sandwiches, and for only $5 you’d also get a drink and chips. I don’t even want to admit how often I ate there.

Then we moved to the Sacramento area…and I’ve only been to a bagel store about 3 times in 7 years. The closest Noah’s Bagels is over a 20 minute drive and totally out of the way. I cry regularly because I haven’t gotten my Cracked Peppercorn Potato fix.

Because there are no bagel places near me (and no, I do not count Panera) I decided to finally cross bagels off my bucket list. And I’m so glad I did because bagels are so freaking easy to make yourself. For my first try, I’d say these are pretty darn fantastic.

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Bagels are so much easier than you'd expect!

I know there are several methods for bagel making and I’m pretty sure that bagel enthusiasts everywhere are pretty opinionated on their methods. My bagels are boiled in water that’s been laced with honey, then they are baked until puffy and slightly golden. Boiling them gives them a good chew, which is something I always want in my bagels (and pretzels too!)

The tops of the bagels are brushed with egg and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar before baking. I have to admit, my favorite bagels for breakfast are always sweet. Cinnamon sugar, blueberry, cinnamon crunch – I need sweet bagels for breakfast (and savory for lunch). If you don’t like cinnamon sugar, you could top these with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or even leave them plain.

While I’ve been known to eat bagels straight out of the bag, my favorite way to eat them is with cream cheese. Plain will do in a pinch, but flavored cream cheese is where it’s at for me. My favorite flavored cream cheese is always PHILADELPHIA, especially their Cream Cheese Spreads.

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Bagels are so much easier than you'd expect!

I always eat a bagel the same way: sliced in half, cold, not toasted, and slathered with some flavor of cream cheese. If you’ve looked in the cream cheese aisle recently, you’ve probably noticed all the flavors of PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread. They have a flavor for every taste – there are over 20 sweet and savory spreads to choose from! By far, my tastes lend to the sweet cream cheese spreads: Strawberry and Honey Pecan are my top favorites with the Blueberry following close behind. PHILADELPHIA introduced it’s newest spread earlier this month: Bacon Cream Cheese Spread. It’s made with real Oscar Meyer bacon!

What’s your favorite PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread?

PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread

However you eat your bagels, you should totally try making them at home. It’s much easier than I thought it would be and it’s way better than driving 20 minutes to the closest bagel shop. (Seriously, Sacramento. What gives with the lack of bagel shops??)

It was all we could do not to eat all 12 of the bagels in one day. Before we got through them all I managed to freeze some for quick weekday mornings. Although, going through these photos is making me really hungry. I think I know what I’m having for lunch…

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Bagels are so much easier than you'd expect!

I don’t think making bagels at home is going to help my bagel addiction one bit! 🙂

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Cinnamon Sugar Bagels

Making your own bagels at home is so easy! Top with your favorite toppings like cinnamon sugar and then serve with your favorite cream cheese spread.


  • 1 1/2 cups very warm water (think hot bathwater)
  • 2 packets (about 4 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast (I use Red Star Yeast)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 – 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Water, for boiling


  1. Heat water in the microwave until it’s very warm, like hot bathwater. (This takes about 45-60 seconds in my microwave). Add the yeast and brown sugar, stir and let sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
  2. While the yeast is proofing, add 3 1/2 cups flour and salt to a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (Alternately you can use a wooden spoon and a large bowl, it just uses more elbow grease!) Stir together the flour and salt.
  3. Turn the mixer on low and slowly pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture. Mix until dough has formed, then mix for another minute. If the dough is too sticky to handle, add up to another 1/2 cup of flour (I had to add the extra 1/2 cup). The resulting dough will be slightly sticky but you should be able to touch it with only minimal transfer to your hands.
  4. Spray another large bowl with cooking spray and then transfer the dough to the new bowl. Spray the dough with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit until doubled in size, about one hour.
  5. Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove.
  6. Once dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and roll them into balls. Let them sit for 5 minutes.
  7. Once the water has boiled, line two cookie sheets with silpat baking mats or spray them with cooking spray. Add the honey to the water and stir.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  9. Pick up each dough ball and press two fingers through the center, creating the hole of the bagel. Boil for about 45 seconds, flipping once. (I boiled two bagels at a time.) Remove from water with a slotted spoon and place on prepared cookie sheets. Continue until all bagels are boiled.
  10. Beat the egg in a small bowl and brush a little on the top of each bagel. Stir the granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and sprinkle a little on top of each bagel.
  11. Bake bagels for 15-20 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking, until they start to turn golden brown.
  12. Serve the bagels warm from the oven, or cold, or toasted. Store in an airtight container; they are best eaten within 2 days but you can freeze them for up to one month.


Instead of the cinnamon sugar topping, you can substitute sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or anything you like best!

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This post was sponsored by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Hi – I have to try this!  2 questions:

    1 – Did you use the paddle attachment for mixing – not a dough hook?

    2 – Did you add any baking soda to the boiling water?


  2. I would love to make these bagels  (another bagel addict here!) The sweet version would be new to me, I have never tried to bake those before. But I know I will like them for sure! 

  3. A couple years ago I made bagels at home for the first time and you’re right, it’s easier than you’d imagine and I need to do it again! I loooove strawberry cream cheese. I only need a little bagel for my container-full of cream cheese 🙂 Pinned!

  4. Homemade bagels get me every time! LOVE them! These need to happen in my kitchen! Pinned!

  5. Homemade bagels are totally on my to-make-soon list. These look amazing! You can’t go wrong with cinnamon and sugar (and some cream cheese!)

  6. I love the flavor of these bagels, Dorothy! And I also love homemade bagels. There’s just something about the fresh taste that’s incredible. Love these cuties!

  7. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at bagels for a long time! Cinnamon sugar is often my choice at the bagel shop. These look fantastic and I hope to find the time to try them soon!

  8. We live in a super small town and the only place to buy bagels is at the grocery store. And they’re packaged ones made who knows when… I’ve thought about trying to make my own, but wasn’t sure if it was too much work. These look pretty easy and I love how they can be frozen. Because we’d pretty much demolish them in one day! Enjoy your weekend, Dorothy!

  9. Bagel are on my baking bucket list! I will be sure to come back here to look for tips when the time comes!

  10. These look great — I’ve never tried making bagels before, I thought they would be a lot more difficult!! 

  11. Bagels are easy once you find a method that works for you. It took me a couple of attempts to find mine. I’m still trying to master soft pretzels though. One day…
    Your bagels look fabulous. The cinnamon and sugar just make these all the better. And of course everyone should be slathering their bagels with Philadelphia cream cheese!

  12. You had me at Bagels! Strawberry Cream Cheese, too! 

  13. Oh yum!! I usually go for savory bagels (who can pass up asiago cheese?!) but I love this sweet version!

  14. OMG I never had bacon cream cheese, what a perfect combination of sweet and savory.

  15. Oh my Dorothy – these bagels!! Yum!! There are no bagel shops at all in Belgium *gasp* (or none that I’ve found)! So whenever I go home or somebody comes to visit me from back home I get them to bring me a dozen 🙂 It looks like I need to make them at home though! The boiling is always what has scared me in the past but I need to make these! Pinned 🙂

  16. Look at you go girl! Homemade bagels have been on my list for some time…I just keep bumping it to the bottom of the list. I’ll trust you when you say it’s easy to do! And sweet bagels for the breakfast win! Love that flavored cream cheese on top too!

  17. We have one good bagel shop in Merced, and they have the BEST cinnamon sugar bagels!! I’ve always wanted to try them at home, and this sounds pretty easy! Who knew?!

  18. These are so perfect, loving that cream cheese!

  19. I’m almost embarrassed to admit I’ve never tried making bagels and wonder why not; I sure love them. With cream cheese!

  20. Homemade bagels and good cream cheese are the best!

  21. Ooo these look divine! I love bagels, especially cinnamon bagels.  The texture of the bagels looks perfect; chewy but with some air bubbles. But alas, Dorothy, I prefer my bagels toasted (gasp!) with soy spread! BTW, a toasted plain bagel with nutella is a complete must try! Pinned as per usual! 😀 x 

  22. These look amazing! Great job! I grew up in the Midwest and miss my Brueggers Bagels every day! 🙁 Seattle Bagel Bakery is pretty darn good, though 🙂

  23. These bagels would be great for breakfast and I didn’t know they made bacon flavored cream cheese. You learn something new everyday. I love cinnamon sugar pretzels so I am sure that I will love these bagels.

  24. I love making homemade bagels, it feels like such an accomplishment for some reason, even though they’re really not hard!  These look delicious.  I definitely need to make bagels again soon!

  25. now you have me craving bagels – these look terrific

  26. Oh wow! I would eat these way too often if I made them myself. lol They look wonderful. 🙂

  27. Would this recipe work if you omit the sugar and put seeds and onions on top instead?  I love me some everything bagels!

    • I’m not sure about in the bagels – yeast needs the sugar to froth properly – but you could use honey or agave in the recipe, then top them with the everything bagel toppings instead of cinnamon sugar!

  28. I haven’t had a good bagel in ages! I’m trying to think if there’s any good bagel shops in Davis that you could drive to. There was one, but I think it was a chain. Oh well, you can make your own now!

  29. Oh my word, homemade bagels sound wonderful right now!

  30. These look delicious! I’ve never been to a bagel shop (besides the major chains), so I’m excited to see how much better bagels can be!  P.S. OMG @ Bacon Cream Cheese. 

  31. Huge bagel fan over here! These look truly wonderful! Oh and is there anything better than cream cheese? I think not. 

  32. Saw this in Pinterest and just had to stop by to say this looks delicious!  I love bagels, thanks for sharing!

  33. I miss my local bagel place, too! It’s just not worth going to Panera. Nothing beats a real bagel, NOT toasted. The good ones don’t need to be heated up! And these look like that. So good! I’m impressed!

  34. Fresh bagels are my numero uno weakness in life. All that cinnamon-sugary goodness on top of these little babies is definitely calling my name!

    And that bacon cream cheese slathered inside? Dying. 😀

  35. I love homemade bagels! Yours look perfect! 

  36. I always thought making my own bagels would be super hard but you make it seem super simple. I love bagels and I can’t wait to try your recipe! Pinned 🙂

  37. I regularly make bagels from scratch but never thought to add cinnamon sugar. I see some of these in my future!

  38. These look RIDICULOUSLY amazing – yum! 

  39. I am obsessed with bagels! Trying to make them at home is on my winter To-Do list. These look super tasty!

  40. The timing of this recipe is impeccable.  I’ve been in a food mood lately where I only want bagels and pizza (healthy…not).  I’d love to make my own bagels and these look fantastic.  🙂 

  41. OMG, Panera “bagels” are totally NOT bagels. Bagels must be boiled, if not, they are just round bread!! These look amazing!

  42. This is my kind of breakfast! So awesome!

  43. Homemade bagels have been on my bucket list since forever, especially since my dad has trouble finding his beloved sesame seed bagels from the store. You are making me want to try my hand some soon!

  44. Wow those look amazing!!!  I’m going to have to try these

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