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Honey Bagels

Who has time to make from-scratch bagels? You do, with this easy recipe! The chewy golden bagels offer a hint of honey and will win over even the pickiest eaters. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + standing Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup honey, divided
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 4 to 5 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oil, sugar, 3 tablespoons honey, brown sugar, salt and egg; mix well. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until a smooth, firm dough forms, 8-10 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Shape into 12 balls. Push thumb through centers to form a 1-1/2-in. hole. Stretch and shape dough to form an even ring. Place on a floured surface. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes; flatten bagels slightly.
  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring 8 cups water and remaining honey to a boil. Drop bagels, 1 at a time, into boiling water. Cook bagels for 45 seconds; turn and cook 45 seconds longer. Remove bagels with a slotted spoon; drain and sprinkle with minced onion, sesame seeds and poppy seeds.
  • Place bagels 2 in. apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes. Turn and bake until golden brown, about 5 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
1 bagel: 265 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 303mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.
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  • Peapod0114
    Jan 24, 2021

    I have never made anything like this before and I was shocked at how easy it was! My bagels certainly weren't as pretty as the ones pictured above but hey it was my first time. My best advice would be when making them into bagels take your time, and you don't have to make the whole huge, it basically stays the same size.My four year old and my thirteen year old loved them! Total win when they both can agree!

  • momofo7sons
    Apr 23, 2020

    This is the best bagel recipe I have tried. They came out beautifully! The flavor and texture delightful. My husband, who doesn’t care for bagels, even commented on how good they were. I topped them with sesame seeds but plan to try adding blueberries to the mix next time around.

  • momzilla24
    Apr 1, 2020

    Excellent recipe. Bagels were easy to make and came out with great flavor, a nice chewy crust, and a soft tender interior. Followed the recipe as written except that I did not use the topping, I made some plain and used Trader Joe's everything bagel seasoning on others. Thanks for sharing.

  • April02
    Apr 2, 2019

    Good one

  • kcrihfield89
    Feb 18, 2014

    These are surprisingly easy to make, and my coworkers love them!

  • yuehching
    Aug 27, 2013

    Followed recipe as stated except before baking, I brushed with egg wash and sprinkled with pre-soaked dried onions. It turned out just the way we liked. Soft, chewy and very tasty. Will make this again.

  • guideon
    Aug 8, 2011

    Never having made bagels before I followed the recipe to the letter. I made flavored hockey pucks. No where in the recipe did it say when or where to let the dough rise. Hate wasting ingredients!

  • carol_ds
    Feb 19, 2011

    I made this using all purpose flour, rapid rise yeast and without poppy seeds because that is what was in my house. They turned out great - except for the fact that I didn't quite master the shaping of the bagels until the last two or three so they looked a bit odd. In the future I would reduce or even eliminate the onion flakes as they had a very strong flavour and tended to overcook in the oven.

  • Brenda D
    Jan 27, 2011

    I'm not sure where you see 1 1/2 hours of resting & rising because this recipe calls for 20 minutes total (2 ten minute segments) and way, I love this recipe and love even better that I KNOW what is going into the bagels and they do not have unidentifiable ingredients. Yes, you can use your bread machine to do the mixing & kneeding and 1st proof for you. Mine has an alarm that sounds after the 1st proof to let you know that it is time to remove your dough.

  • clockmath
    Jan 27, 2011

    Has anyone used bread machine for these?