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Bagel Bites Recipe

Perfectly baked bagel bites inside a basket sprinkled with sesame and poppy seeds

Are you a fan of the Bantam Bagels at Starbucks? Well, now you can prepare a lighter and more affordable version in the comfort of your own house! These Bagel Bites are so good, and they stay absolutely soft and delicious. So save yourself some money and let me show you how to make them!

Let me introduce you to my version of bagels which is stuffed with cream cheese and sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning. These bagel bites are a delicious breakfast, appetizer, or just a snack to munch on with a cup of tea.


Little Bite Size Nuggets

Golden Bagel Bites in a basket topped with sesame seeds and nigella seeds
Perfect for breakfast!


History of The Recipe

The first bagel dates back to the 17th century in the city of Krakow, Poland. Bagel balls were gifted to women after childbirth. The round shape symbolized long life and good luck for the baby; it was believed that Bagels had magical powers.

Later on, bagels were imported from Eastern Europe to the United States by immigrants. They became widely popular as they are a low-cost filling staple.


Fun Facts About Bagels

February 9 is the National Bagel Day.

The molecular biologist Robert Bohannon created a bagel that actually contains the caffeine equivalent of one to two cups of coffee. A perfect, well-balanced breakfast!

The popular Bagel Bites Recipe with cream cheese is the best combination for an everyday breakfast.

Bagels balls with cream cheese are the only dough that gets boiled before you bake them. Once you shape the dough into a circle, you should dip it in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds. Then, drain it and bake it for about 10 to 12 minutes. 


Delicious Bagel Bites Dough cut in half with some cream cheese on the inside
Fill them with cream cheese.

Tips and Tricks

You should lightly flour your hands before preparing the dough. This prevents the dough from sticking to your hands.

Use kitchen gloves in order to keep your hands clean and to be able to work better with the dough.

Dip your fingers in warm water and rub them across the seams so that they fuse together in case you were not able to seal the balls.


Piece of Bagel Dough Filled with Cream Cheese
Delicious on the outside and on the inside.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I prepare the dough ahead of time?

Yes, the dough can be prepared ahead of time and stored in a container in the fridge. The dough can last for 1-2 days in the fridge before baking it.

Can I freeze the bagel bites?

Yes, of course, you can. All you have to do is put the leftover bites in a zipped plastic bag and place them directly in the freezer. It is preferable to double bag them in order to avoid freezer burn. You can keep them in the freezer for around 1 month.  

How can I reheat the bagel bites?

In order to reheat them, you have to bake them in the oven at 375 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes. If they are frozen, make sure to completely thaw them first.

Can I prepare homemade bagel bites in a microwave?

This is not recommended since the bagels will get chewy and soggy, and there’s no guarantee that the dough will cook evenly and properly.  


Perfectly Baked Bagel topped With Sesame Seeds and nigella seeds
Even alone it looks perfect!

Variations and Substitutions

You could always get creative with the cream cheese flavors, you could go for honey pecan cream cheese, jalapeño, or any flavor you like!

Add some cinnamon and raisins to the filling and top them with some cinnamon sugar.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy them is to stuff them with labne and top them with zaatar instead of the EBTB seasoning.

You could use some Ashta, Middle Eastern Clotted Cream to fill your bagel and sprinkle it with sesame seeds or poppy seeds.

You can always switch up and play around with the toppings and fillings when preparing this Bagel Bites Recipe. It is easy to be creative, you can design them the way you want!


soft bite cut in half filled with cream cheese and topped with sesame and nigella seeds
Open it for a surprise.

Ingredients You Will Need

For the Dough:

Flour

Oil

Active dry yeast

Sugar

Salt

Baking powder

Powdered milk (optional)

Warm water or warm milk

Check out my Small Batch 10 Minute Dough recipe for more details!

For the Filling:

Cream cheese

For Boiling:

Water

Honey

For the Egg Wash:

Egg

Milk


golden soft baked goodness topped with sesame seeds in a basket
Add some sesame on top!

Steps To Prep

First, mix 1 cup of flour with the yeast, sugar, salt, baking powder, and powdered milk (if using).

Once mixed, add the warm water or warm milk, and whisk together well until no longer clumpy.

Then, cover and set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, you should see the mixture look bubbly and frothy.

Now, add the remaining 1⅔ cups of flour and the oil.

Afterward, mix in your stand mixer, or by hand, until a smooth and soft dough forms, about 5-7 minutes.

Next, divide into equal-sized dough balls (about 20-22) and let them rest for 10 minutes while the water and honey mixture boils.

Once rested, spread each dough ball and add a chunk of cream cheese, then seal well.

After that, drop a few dough balls at a time then boil for 30 seconds.

Then, place on a baking sheet, brush with the egg wash, and sprinkle with seasoning.

Finally, bake at 400 degrees F for 15-17 minutes and broil for 1-2 minutes.


Other Must-Try Recipes:

Basbousa Bil Qishta (Semolina Cake With Cream)

Crispy Cheese Borek (Turkish Cheese Rolls)

Ashta, Middle Eastern Clotted Cream

Middle Eastern Cheese Fatayer (Cheese Pies)

Zaatar and Cheese Breakfast Bake

Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns

Small Batch 10 Minute Dough

Zaatar Rolls

Date-Filled Brioche Buns

Halawat el Jibn (Sweet Cheese Rolls)


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Bagel Filled With Cream Cheese

Bagel Bites Recipe

Fatimah
These fluffy bagel bites are stuffed with cream cheese and sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning, which is absolutely delicious! They are bite-sized which makes them great for parties. Try them now!
5 from 4 votes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dough
Cuisine American
Servings 22 dough balls

Ingredients
  

  • 2⅔ cups flour
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¾ tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • tablespoons powdered milk optional
  • 1 cup warm water or warm milk

For the Filling:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese

For Boiling:

  • 8 cups water
  • ¼ cup honey

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions
 

  • Mix 1 cup of flour with the yeast, sugar, salt, baking powder, and powdered milk (if using).
  • Once mixed, add the warm water or warm milk, and whisk together well until no longer clumpy.
  • Cover and set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, you should see the mixture look bubbly and frothy.
  • Now add the remaining 1⅔ cups of flour and the oil.
  • Mix in your stand mixer (or by hand) until a smooth and soft dough forms, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Divide into equal-sized dough balls (about 20-22) and let them rest for 10 minutes while the water and honey mixture boils.
  • Once rested, spread each dough ball and add a chunk of cream cheese, then seal well.
  • Drop a few dough balls at a time then boil for 30 seconds.
  • Place on a baking sheet, brush with the egg wash, and sprinkle with seasoning.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-17 minutes and broil for 1-2 minutes.

Notes

  • Get creative! I use jalapeno-flavored cream cheese, honey pecan, or any flavor!
  • You should lightly flour your hands before preparing the dough. This usually prevents the dough from sticking to your hands.
  • Use kitchen gloves in order to keep your hands clean and to be able to work better with the dough.
  • Cold cream cheese works best! This way it won’t melt into the seams of the dough!
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Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

5 thoughts on “Bagel Bites Recipe

  1. Sandra Teeny says:

    5 stars
    In my families words, “These are the bomb”. They were perfect and so delicious. Will be a new favorite! Thank you!

  2. SA says:

    5 stars
    Made these today they are absolutely delicious. Exceeded my expectations.

  3. S :) says:

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe so many times allahuma barik it’s great and quick! It’s become a favorite and I always refer to it, sometimes making slight adjustments. For example, not boiling it if I want to be quick, and it still turns out great! (Since I’m not always looking for a bagel). It’s been shared with others as well alhamdulillah!
    It gets softer as you knead the dough and let it rest, so don’t worry if it seems it may not be coming together.
    Jazak Allahu khayr!

  4. Dania says:

    5 stars
    Okay, these just came out of the oven and WOOOOOOWW!!!! I’ve always hated making any dough recipe but this was so simple and so perfect I could cry. I made some with hotdogs too since my husband can’t find the bagel dogs he use to eat as a kid and he asked me to make more tomorrow! Thank you Falasteenifoodie! Every recipe has been a hit <3

    1. Fatimah says:

      So happy you loved them <3

5 from 4 votes

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