Cranberry Whole Wheat Bagels

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling


1 dozen

Updated: Sep. 11, 2022
The bagel recipes I saw in a magazine inspired me to try creating my own. I've been making them like crazy ever since! My whole wheat version dotted with cranberries is a favorite. —Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska
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  • 1-1/4 cups water (70° to 80°)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2-3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In bread machine pan, place the first 9 ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting. Check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1-2 tablespoons water or flour if needed. Just before the final kneading (your machine may audibly signal this), add cranberries.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide and shape into 12 balls. Push thumb through center of each, stretching and shaping to form an even ring with a 1-1/2-in. hole. Place on a floured surface. Cover with kitchen towels; let rest 10 minutes. Flatten bagels slightly.
  3. Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water; bring to a boil. Drop bagels, two at a time, into boiling water. Cook 45 seconds; turn and cook 45 seconds longer. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain well on paper towels.
  4. Place bagels 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Whisk egg white and water; brush over bagels. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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