Cinnamon crunch bagels are New York-style chewy bagels, easily made from scratch, with a cinnamon-sugar crunchy top, and are a tasty breakfast treat!Cinnamon crunch bagels are New York-style chewy bagels, easily made from scratch, with a cinnamon-sugar crunchy top, and are a tasty breakfast treat!

Well, I tried a new bagel recipe this past weekend… Cinnamon Crunch Bagels! Oh my goodness – they were absolutely delicious!!!

I love the Cinnamon Crunch Bagels (my favorite!) at Panera Bread, and love the cinnamon-sugar coating on top of the bagels that crisps up as they bake, AND the cinnamon flavor that permeates the bread dough. Recently I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to make my own! I’m so glad I tried this recipe… these “cinnamon-y” bagels are amazing!

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I Enjoy Making Bagels From Scratch

I enjoy making bagels. They’re easy to prepare, and this recipe for cinnamon crunch bagels makes a dozen! I’ve already made New York Style Blueberry Bagels, Gingerbread Bagels, Cranberry Orange Bagels, Everything Bagels, and Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels, so I was excited to try a new variety. And, wow… these were so good!

Basically, the process for making bagels is: dough is mixed, rises, bagels formed, boiled, then baked, and the result is a chewy New York style bagel, for the fraction of the cost of buying them.  Here’s how you make them:

How To Make Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

Combine yeast, warm water and brown sugar in  the bowl of a stand mixer, and let it rest for 10 minutes, to activate the yeast. Once the yeast is bubbly, add cinnamon, salt and flour.

Mixing up the dough for cinnamon crunch bagels in a stand mixer.

Knead the dough (with a dough hook) on low speed, and and additional flour slowly. Knead the dough for approximately 10 minutes, until a smooth, slightly elastic ball of dough is formed.

Place the dough ball in a large, greased bowl, and turn the dough over to make sure all sides are lightly coated (so it won’t dry out). Cover the bowl and leave it in a warm place (for the dough to rise) for an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

The dough for cinnamon crunch bagels in oiled bowl, waiting to rise.

While the dough is rising, mix up the ingredients for the cinnamon sugar topping in a small bowl, and set aside. Easy.

Cinnamon sugar topping for cinnamon crunch bagels is combined in small bowl.

Once the dough for the cinnamon crunch bagels has doubled in size, it’s ready to go!

The dough for the cinnamon crunch bagels has risen, and doubled in size.

Give the dough a good punch with your fist, which helps to “deflate” the dough. “BOOM”.

Risen dough is punched down to deflate, before forming cinnamon crunch bagels.

Shaping The Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

Divide the bagel dough into 12 equal sized dough balls. Smooth the dough by pulling the edges (with your hands) toward the bottom of the dough ball. This will make for a more rounded, uniform appearance on top. Place the 12 dough balls on a lightly floured work surface, with the seam side down.

Cinnamon Crunch Bagels dough is formed into 12 balls.

Working on one bagel at a time, use your thumb to make a hole in the center of the dough ball. Open the hole up through the bottom of the dough, and slightly pull on the dough to expand the hole a bit.

Repeat process for all 12 bagels. By the way… can you see all the little specks of cinnamon in dough? I can, and love the extra flavor the cinnamon provides.

A hole is punched into the bagel dough ball, using a thumb.

Let The Formed Cinnamon Crunch Bagels REST

Here they are after all the holes have been formed, in the photo below, so you can see what they will look like. Let the formed bagels rest for 10 minutes, undisturbed.

The dough for the cinnamon crunch bagels has been formed, and the bagels "rest".

Boil the Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

While the cinnamon crunch bagels are resting (for 10 minutes), bring a LARGE pan of water to a full boil. Add a Tablespoon of brown sugar to the water.

Once the water in pan is boiling, add 2-3 bagels at a time. Boil for 45 seconds, then flip them to the other side and boil for an additional 45 seconds. I use 2 chopsticks to flip them (one in the middle of hole and one on the outside).

Once done, remove the cinnamon crunch bagels with a slotted spoon (to drain), and place on a paper towel to absorb any extra water. Place the drained bagels seam side down onto a greased baking sheet. Repeat process until all the bagels are boiled and on the baking sheet.

Cinnamon Crunch Bagels are boiled for a few minutes before baking.

Here are the cinnamon crunch bagels on the greased baking sheet after boiling. Not too glamorous, right? Just wait! By the way, boiling the bagels helps ensure a nice chewy bagel!

The cinnamon crunch bagels are drained then placed on baking sheet to cook in oven.

Topping The Bagels Before Baking

Grab the cinnamon topping mixture and evenly sprinkle it over the tops of the bagels. It’s a bit messy, because the topping will fall onto the baking sheet, but just keep going. Use all the topping mixture!

Before they bake the bagels are topped with cinnamon sugar mixture.

See how much topping fell onto the baking sheet below? I used a pastry brush to brush as much of it as I could get onto a plate, then simply added it back onto the tops of the bagels.

Cinnamon Crunch Bagels are topped with cinnamon sugar mix before they bake.

Bake The Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

The bagels are baked in a 400° F. oven for 18-20 minutes (mine took a bit longer to get them the golden brown color I desired). Check on them around the 18 minute mark, and don’t hesitate to cook them a few minutes longer until they’re a golden brown color.

After baking, the cinnamon crunch bagels cool on a wire rack.

Let the bagels cool on a wire rack. They taste great broiled, with cream cheese! NOTE: Do NOT put these bagels into a toaster or you will be sorry, as the sugar will melt into the appliance.

If you are going to broil them (which is what I do), gently slice them in half with a serrated knife. Place them, topping side down, on a baking sheet to broil. Please note that a bit of the topping will probably crumble or melt a bit when broiling, but no worries. Just scoop it right back up onto the bagel once it’s done, slap some cream cheese on it… and ENJOY these amazing bagels!

A cinnamon crunch bagel, sliced and topped with cream cheese, on a plate.

I am thrilled with the way these cinnamon crunch bagels turned out. They are so GOOD!  I took several bagels and some cream cheese over to my friend Stephanie’s home as a surprise, and her family ate them for Valentines Day breakfast. She told me they really enjoyed them.

Don’t be afraid to try making bagels at home… be FEARLESS!  These cinnamon crunch bagels are fairly easy and FUN to make, and even better to EAT! Hope you’ll give these a try! Have a GREAT day, and don’t forget to check out ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

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Cinnamon Crunch Bagels
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
Cinnamon crunch bagels are New York-style chewy bagels, easily made from scratch, with a cinnamon-sugar crunchy top, and are a tasty breakfast treat!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon crunch bagels
Servings: 12 bagels
Calories Per Serving: 249 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For 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 Topping:
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Place yeast, warm water and 3 Tablespoons brown sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir gently, then let rest for 10 minutes for yeast to activate. Yeast should be foamy and bubbly when ready.
  2. Stir in cinnamon, salt, and 2 cups of the all purpose flour. Turn the mixer onto LOW and begin kneading the dough (using the dough hook attachment). Slowly add in the rest of the flour, a little at a time, until the dough begins form a ball. (You may or may not need to use all of the remaining 3 cups cups of the flour-I used it all). Continue to knead the dough on low for approximately 10 minutes or until a dough ball has formed that is both smooth and elastic in texture.
  3. Place the dough into a greased or sprayed large bowl. Flip the dough over to ensure it is coated with the grease or spray, enough to ensure dough doesn't dry out. Cover the bowl with a dish towel or plastic wrap, and set in a warm place. Let dough rise for an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  4. While dough is rising, make the topping by mixing granulated sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Set aside.
  5. Once dough has doubled in size, punch the dough down; divide evenly into 12 dough balls. Using your thumb, push down into the center of each one, breaking through the bottom. Use your fingers to gently spread the hole a bit more. Repeat process for all 12, then let the bagels rest for 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
  6. While bagels are "resting", bring a large pan full of water to a boil. Add the last Tablespoon of brown sugar to the water. Once the bagels have rested and water is boiling, gently place 2-3 bagels at a time into the boiling water. Boil for 45 seconds, then carefully flip each to the other side, and cook for another 45 seconds. Remove bagels, using a slotted spoon. Place on paper towel (to absorb water). Repeat process with remaining bagels. Put all boiled bagels onto a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Evenly distribute the cinnamon sugar topping over the tops of the bagels.
  7. Bake bagels at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes (or more) until lightly golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Crunch Bagels
Amount Per Serving (1 bagel)
Calories 249
% Daily Value*
Sodium 295mg13%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments on Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

  1. My bagels looked amazing but when I went to eat them all my cinnamon crunch topping fell off 😭 does it need some butter or something in there to stick it together?

    • Good morning, Emi! Butter might be a good idea! When I sprinkle them with the cinnamon/sugar topping, there is usually still enough moisture remaining on the dough from boiling them, and I press the topping down a bit to adhere. I don’t see why you couldn’t try brushing some melted butter on there for extra GLUE factor! Thanks for writing, and have a great day.

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