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cinnamon raisin bagels sliced and stacked on a plate

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Deliciously chewy homemade cinnamon raisin bagels baked and boiled to perfection. This easy bagel recipe uses simple ingredients will be your new go-to! Add cream cheese, butter, or your favorite nut butter for the ultimate breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine bagels
Keyword cinnamon raisin bagels
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12
Author Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen


  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Place warm water in a large bowl and add yeast, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and salt; mix well. 
  2. Next, add in enough flour to form a soft dough that doesn't stick to the bottom of the bowl.
  3. You can use a dough hook or your hands, but continue to knead, until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. 
  4. Next, place dough in a bowl coated with oil, and cover the top allowing it to rise in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Punch down the dough and shape into 12 balls. Push your thumb through the center to form a 1 inch hole. Strech the dough to form an even ring. 
  6. Cover, place in warm place and let rise again for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
  8. Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water and add remaining brown sugar; bringing water to a boil. 
  9. Drop bagels, two at a time, into boiling water. Cook for 1 minute on both sides. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain well on paper towels. 
  10. Place bagels on baking sheets and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool on wire racks. Makes 1 dozen bagels. 

Recipe Notes

Inspired by Taste of Home