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Pumpkin Spice Bagel Recipe

So this post was supposed to be brought to you by the Mr.

Yes, a baking post from my hubby.

Be jealous :) not only is he cute, hardworking, smart and funny, but he bakes too. Well, he would like me to point out he doesn’t bake sissy stuff like cookies and cakes, just man stuff like bread and bagels (he also wanted me to point out that I should have used the word brilliant not smart – see, funny huh?)

Once fall rolls around he usually throws together a loaf of bread in the bread maker every weekend, but one Sunday he decided to try his hand at bagels and they were awesome! Since then he has been experimenting with different flavors and has been wanting to try pumpkin, but he ended up glued to his computer working all weekend (boo!). So I tried my hand at it and came up with this yummy pumpkin spice bagel recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Bagel recipe

I know making your own bagels sounds complicated, but I promise it really isn’t hard. Plus if you have kids it’s a fun project for them to help with!

Pumpkin Spice Bagel Recipe

I broke it down a bit so you can see how easy it is – excuse the awful photos, but it’s hard to take great photos with sticky dough hands…

First you will make your dough (follow the recipe below), I used the dough hook on my mixer, but the Mr. usually kneads his by hand being the manly man he is… Let it rise for one hour, punch down and divide into 3 equal pieces.

Bagel dough


Roll into long lines and cut into 5 pieces. This recipe makes 15 bagels, which seems like a lot, but trust me you will eat them all.

Bagel dough


Shape into bagel shapes and pinch the ends. Let rise again 20 minutes.

A close up of a metal pan, with Bagel and Dough

Boil for 1 minute turning once.

A person cooking food on a stove, with Bagel

Bake at 500 for 10 – 15 minutes, watch “patiently” asking every 30 seconds “are they done yet mom???”…enjoy!

A little girl standing in a kitchen


 Pumpkin Spice Bagel Recipe

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Pumpkin Spice Bagel Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Bagels

pumpkin spice bagel recipe
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 266 kcal


  • 6 1/2 C white bread flour
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 package rapid rise yeast 1/4 oz
  • 1 C canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 C warm water
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • oil for greasing bowl and pans
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Mix flour, cinnamon, apple pie spice, salt and yeast in a mixer. In a separate bowl mix pumpkin, 2/3 C brown sugar and warm water. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet. Stir until a dough forms. Knead for 10 minutes or use the dough hook on your mixer until a firm dough ball forms. Place in an oiled bowl, turning once to coat the whole dough ball in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour. Punch down and knead a few times. Cut into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into a long roll. Cut into 5 pieces. Form into circles and pinch ends together. Cover with a towel and let rise 20 minutes. Meanwhile start a large pot of water to boil, add 2 tbsp brown sugar. After the bagels have rested and are nice and puffy drop a few bagels at a time into the boiling water. Poach for 1 minute turning once with a wooden spoon. Set on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar topping mixture and bake at 500 for 10 - 15 minutes.


Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 473mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 2545IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Bagel Recipe, Pumpkin Spice Bagels
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe. I made these yesterday using fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice instead of apple pie spice and these bagels made the list of best things I have ever made. I also used a bit of pumpkin pie spice in the topping. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  2. Hi there! I know you posted this over a year ago, but I just found the recipe on pinterest. I am making it now but have a question. Is the dough supposed to be very sticky? I’m having a hard time rolling it out and shaping the bagels. They look like big, uneven lumps. Any advice? Should I have mixed it with dough hook longer? (I did it for 10 minutes, but starting from the time I added the wet ingredients, not from the time everything was combined. Not sure if that was correct.) Thank you in advance!

      1. No worries and thanks for the reply. I ended up using flour on my working surface and on my hands to handle it and that helped. I’ll try more flour into the dough directly next time. And there will be a next time. Wow, these were good! What a fantastic recipe, thank you so much for sharing! I had to freeze them to stop myself from eating them one after another!

  3. I made these but without the pumpkin (didnt have any on hand) and they came out so good!!! I’ve already had 3….

  4. Definitely going to make these! Just one question about the poaching: do you poach for a minute, flip, then poach for another minute? Or do you poach for a minute total, turning halfway through?


  5. These look amazing! I love all things pumpkin, so they are on my must try list! Are they really sweet? It seems like a lot of sugar, though, I’ve never made bagels, so I have no idea :D

  6. I could definitely go for one of those right now Kelly! They sound amazing! :-)

    P.S. The pic of your daughter peeking in the window of the oven is precious!

  7. Those look wonderful, Kelly! Why is it, though, that it’s so impossible to get homemade bagels to look smooth? Mine always look so puckered and wrinkly (WAAAAAY worse than yours, which are lovely). I’ll have to try this recipe. I can’t get enough pumpkin spice.

    Oh, and you know one thing I miss about Michigan? Being able to get pumpkin puree whenever you want it. Ridiculously, our grocery stores here in Florida only stock pumpkin from October 1 through Thanksgiving weekend. Isn’t that the dumbest thing ever?

  8. I counted 15 bagels, and not even one made its way down the street 12 houses? ? ? What’s up with that? ☺️

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