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Pumpkin Bagels with Maple Cream Cheese

Make these pumpkin bagels for a perfect autumn morning baked treat! Add the maple cream cheese for the ultimate in deliciousness.

Easy Pumpkin Bagels

The flavors of fall are a big deal to me! Anyone that knows me knows this is my favorite time of year for a variety of reasons – I love orange and black, pumpkin spice everything, and candy is the bomb. Especially free candy you can collect from your neighbors. That’s the best!

What I always look forward to the most are fall desserts, specifically due to the pumpkin. Pumpkin bread is my absolute favorite dessert of all time, with pumpkin pie being a close second. If you combine pumpkin with baked goods, I’m already in before I even hear what the recipe is.

All that being said, I have quite a treat for you today: pumpkin bagels. With maple cream cheese! Yes, I’m going to show you how to make pumpkin bagels that are not only delicious, but pretty. They look very fall-ish to me, don’t they to you?

These bagels are perfect for morning or brunch, and can be made in advance so they’re ready to grab on the go when you need a quick autumn breakfast option. I hope you’ll enjoy this pumpkin bagel recipe as much as I do!

Before we jump into the recipe, I’m going to share a few tips with you. I hope these result in the most successful bagel making of your life. If you just want the pumpkin recipe, keep scrolling down.

Tips for Making Bagels

  1. Go with high gluten flour, unless you are an expert at working with gluten free or whole wheat flours. This will give your bagel the best “chew.”
  2. Give the yeast a moment when you add it to the water. Leave for a few minutes and then stir gently.
  3. If you have a mixer with a dough hook attachment, use that for mixing the dough ingredients together. You can go slow. Start at the lowest speed and work up if you need to.
  4. If the holes start to shrink back after puncturing the middles, separate with your fingers a bit. You can stretch the dough.
  5. Boiling is key for bagel making, so that you have the more firm exterior combined with the chewier interior. Don’t skip this step! You don’t need to boil long.
  6. After the honey wash (or final wash for any bagels), you can add any toppings you like. Sesame or poppy seeds . . . it’s really up to you!
  7. Bagels can be tweaked to be crispier – the more water in the dough (wetter), the crispier the bagel. Once you make these, use that knowledge to adjust your recipe for next time.
Pumpkin spice bagels

Pumpkin Spice Bagels

Ingredients

For the Bagels

  • ¾ cup hot water (100 – 110F)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 packet (2 ¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup honey

For the Cream Cheese

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Hot water, sugar, dry yeast, pumpkin puree, flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, egg, and honey

Instructions

For the Bagels

Add the hot water, sugar, and yeast to a large bowl and whisk gently to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes, or until the yeast has bloomed. If you don’t have a thermometer, don’t worry TOO much about the temperature. Just make sure it’s at least warm.

Dry yeast mixed with sugar and hot water

Next, whisk in the pumpkin puree. Then use a dough whisk or wooden spoon to stir in the flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

Pumpkin puree added to the yeast mixture

Mix until a shaggy dough forms. Then turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead for 4 – 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and soft.

Shaggy dough formed for pumpkin bagels

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and set it in a warm place to rise for two hours, or until doubled in size.

Pumpkin dough rising in a clear glass bowl

Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a clean surface and divide it into eight pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place it on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Set the dough aside to rise for another hour, or until doubled in size again.

Pumpkin dough rising on a Silpat mat

Poke a small hole in the center of each ball to create a bagel shape.

Holes poked in the middle of the bagel dough

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and whisk in the honey. While the water comes to a boil, preheat your oven to 425F.

Boil the bagels one at a time for 30 seconds per side. Then remove them to a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bagels.

Beat the egg with a small splash of water to create an egg wash. Brush the top of each bagel with the egg wash.

Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until the bagels are golden brown around the edges and fully set in the center. Remove the bagels to a wire rack to cool.

pumpkin spice bagels recipe

Once cooled, store the bagels in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

For the Cream Cheese

Stir together the cream cheese, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to use. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Making maple cream cheese

The pumpkin bagels are delicious on their own, but trust me – you’re going to love this cream cheese.

Pumpkin Bagels with Maple Cream Cheese

Recipe Notes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Rise Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8 bagels

Ingredient Notes

  • Make sure that you’re using hot, but not scalding water. Water that is too hot can kill the yeast! We want it to be between 100F and 110F.
  • Granulated sugar acts as food for the yeast.
  • Yeast helps our bagels rise.
  • Pumpkin puree adds the signature pumpkin flavor and color. Make sure you’re using puree, not pie filling.
  • Pumpkin pie spice enhances the warmth and earthiness of the pumpkin.
  • Honey helps the outside of the bagels caramelize in the oven creating that smooth and delicious exterior!
  • Egg helps the bagels brown as well! It can also help seasonings stick to the bagels if you wanted to add sesame seeds or cinnamon-sugar.
plate of pumpkin bagels with maple cream cheese

I’d love to know if you try this recipe – I promise you won’t be disappointed! Let me know in the comments, plus get the printable recipe below.

Yield: 8 bagels

Pumpkin Bagels

pumpkin spice bagels recipe

Learn how to make delicious pumpkin bagels the easy way! Also includes a recipe for maple cream cheese.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rise Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

For the Bagels

  • ¾ cup hot water (100-110F)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 packet (2 ¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup honey

For the Cream Cheese

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add the hot water, sugar, and yeast to a large bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes, or until the yeast has bloomed.
  2. Next, whisk in the pumpkin puree. Then use a dough whisk or wooden spoon to stir in the flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  3. Mix until a shaggy dough forms. Then turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead for 4-5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and soft.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and set it in a warm place to rise for 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  5. Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a clean surface and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place it on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Set the dough aside to rise for another hour, or until doubled in size again.
  6. Poke a small hole in the center of each ball to create a bagel shape.
  7. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and whisk in the honey. While the water comes to a boil, preheat your oven to 425F.
  8. Boil the bagels one at a time for 30 seconds per side. Then remove them to a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bagels.
  9. Beat the egg with a small splash of water to create an egg wash. Brush the top of each bagel with the egg wash.
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the bagels are golden brown around the edges and fully set in the center. Remove the bagels to a wire rack to cool.
  11. Once cooled, store the bagels in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
  12. To make the cream cheese, stir together the cream cheese, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to use. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Notes

Nutritional information includes approximately 1.25 oz. or 1/8th of the cream cheese.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 bagel

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 7g

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