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Pumpkin Spice Bagels Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Bagels Recipe

Enjoy pumpkin pie flavor with these classic bagels. For a change, adjust the spices to suit your taste buds. —Kristy Reeves, LeRoy, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 15 min. YIELD:9 servings


  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons water (70° to 80°), divided
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal


  • 1. In bread machine pan, place 2/3 cup water, pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, spices, flour and yeast in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • 2. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into nine balls. Push thumb through centers to form a 1-in. hole. Stretch and shape dough to form an even ring. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes; flatten rings 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 for 45 seconds; turn and cook 45 seconds longer. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • 4. Whisk egg white and remaining water; brush over bagels. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place bagels 2 in. apart on prepared pan. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 180 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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yuehching User ID: 224401 219175
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Followed the recipe as it stated and added extra raisins. It turned out the way we liked it. We especially enjoy it toasted. Definitely will make this again."

MarvelousMin User ID: 7478753 175518
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"I doubled the recipe and did not use a bread machine. These bagels turned out pretty good and I will probably make them again, but I will adjust the spices next time. I felt that the nutmeg and cloves were a bit overpowering and will probably halve those amounts next time and perhaps add a touch more salt. Overall, it's a good recipe that produces a tasty, chewy bagel.To answer the previous question of how to make these without a bread machine, you would just proceed as with most yeast breads. First dissolve the yeast in the water (make sure it's warm) with some of the sugar. When the yeast is frothy, blend in the pumpkin and sugar. In another bowl, combine the salt, spices, and flour and whisk together. If mixing in an electric mixer, add half of the flour to the wet ingredients, mix on low until mostly incorporated and then add the remaining flour mixture a little at a time. Mix for about 5 minutes on low - medium low until dough is soft and smooth. Turn out onto a floured surface, make a ball and place in an oiled mixing bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise until doubled and then proceed with the recipe as written.If mixing by hand, proof the yeast in the water and then mix in the pumpkin and sugar. In a separate large mixing bowl, blend the flour and spices. In the flour bowl, make a well and add the wet ingredients. Mix until it comes together in a shaggy mass and then transfer to a floured work surface. Knead until soft and smooth (about 5-10 minutes) adding enough flour to prevent sticking too much. The dough should feel slightly firmer than a baby's bottom as it is a dense dough. Place in an oiled mixing bowl, turn to coat, cover and let rise until double and then proceed as written."

rigglez User ID: 1898195 94998
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"I don't have a bread machine but want to make these by hand. Someone commented that they made these by hand using the instructions from TOH Nov. 2010, but I don't have those instructions. Anyone know how to do these by hand instead of a bread machine?"

bernerlover User ID: 2342652 106269
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"these were great- the only change I made was to add raisins to them. very yummy. everyone loved them"

Teinerfl User ID: 5153460 174036
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"This was surprisingly easy to make. I did it by hand (well, with the help of my kitchenaid bread hook) and they turned out great! I followed the TOH Nov. 2010 directions for doing it by hand mostly and actually just used regular flour! They smelled delicious in the oven and tasted super yummy!"

krystanko User ID: 2680521 102744
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"Best bagels ever! bread machine makees it so much easier. My only tip is when making them, make the whole bigger than you think it should be. My bagels did not have a whole the first time I made them after they baked! Dough rises a lot in the oven, so don't be afraid to make them wide."

fiestyiam User ID: 2591268 108022
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"This was my first time making bagels and after this experience, I can honestly say that I will never buy them in the store again !! Great directions -- even when things don't "look right" ~ trust it !!! Turns out fantastic !! Still amazed how they plumped right up as they were boiling :D Thanks for a great recipe that has turned me in to a bagel maker !!"

gufdi420 User ID: 466353 161305
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"We use whole grain spelt flour when making these and they turn out fantastic. Its a good grain for those wheat sensitive."

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 106268
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"Good! Very dense, I tried them with a bit of whipped cream and they were absolutely delicious! It tasted just like pumpkin pie!"

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 106267
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"How do you make these without a bread machine?"

Staceface81 User ID: 501331 210165
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"These are really delicious and so easy to make! People are intimidated when it comes to making bagels. I used this recipe to do a bagel tutorial on my website:"

mbbsb5 User ID: 2860829 106265
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"Awesome, I love them with butter and honey on. I would make these anytime"

poohbeardot User ID: 3631192 179869
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"Tripled this recipe, first time trying bagels, (no bread michine either) and used home made pumpkin pie spice and added 10 ounces of dried cranberries. Loads of fun to make and the taste is wonderful. A bit heavier than store bagels, but the taste is 1000 x better! Will make again and can hardly wait till these are eaten to try the orange cranberry bagels recipe out!"

cookies61 User ID: 1778739 142184
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"These bagels are fabulous. The spice blend really makes them tasty. Thank goodness Taste of Home got this recipe before Panera."

painted pony User ID: 4436817 91515
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"I made two batches this weekend. Instead of the spices they suggested I had Pumpkin pie Spice on hand and tossed a couple of shakes of it. Perfect!

I noticed a couple of people asking about not having a bread machine. the November issue of TOH healthy Cooking also included the 'hand made' recipe. :-)
I took one batch to church yesterday. We were a little late so coffe time had already ended but I left them on the table anyway. By the time church was over the plate was empty along w/ the maple cream cheese spread!
this recipe is definitely a keeper. going to try the cranberry orange today :-)"

lucilove09 User ID: 5576541 177290
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Soooo delish! The perfect breakfast for a dreary fall morning! I didn't use a bread machine and the only difference I did is while kneading the dough added a bit more pumpking to each ball at the end so they weren't too dry. This recipe is a must taste!"

mbbsb5 User ID: 2860829 175392
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"easy to make and delisous"

meggi36 User ID: 2502010 210164
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"This is the bread machine version so don't try to follow it exactly if you don't have a bread machine.

These bagels are wonderful! My husband thinks there is too much spice in them, even though I think they are delicious I may have to cut down on the spices next time."

trudi.taylor User ID: 1325952 175390
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2010

"I don't like pumpkin and I loved these bagels. I had enough pumpkin to make 4 batches and I froze 2 and they were wonderful later when company came. I took them to a pot luck with the Maple Nut Cream Cheese and everyone raved about them."

jbug827 User ID: 1013132 102740
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"Made these today and they are delicious!! The bagels themselves are great and the maple cream cheese puts them over the top!! A keeper for sure!"

mybell User ID: 30585 175387
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"My family loved the bagels and have decided that it should be a fall favorite in our house! I can't wait to try them again!"

Kayla0110 User ID: 3854112 116080
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Not much pumpkin flavor, too much nutmeg. Though most of the bagels were done, I had spots that were completely doughy. I think because I live at high altitude I should have boiled them longer than the directions say. They were much better the first day when still a little warm from the oven. The maple nut spread recipe that accompanied this one in the magazine was quite tasty, though I used pecans instead of walnuts."

kay52178 User ID: 1593546 161304
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Good. I didn't taste much pumpkin flavor though. I made them with the maple cream cheese. It was a good addition to them."

betsymaggie User ID: 1047977 177289
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"Left out the salt and reduced the sodium a lot and still delicious! What an aroma in the kitchen!"

Aula User ID: 1127835 102739
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"How did you make the bagels without the bread machine?  Did you use the identical ingredients?  Did you let the dough rise 'til doubled?

 Thanks for your help.

donnagb User ID: 2808023 177287
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"very good"

pabrakensiek User ID: 1979210 94990
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"I have made bagels before but they have never come out as good as these the recipes was so easy to follow that my grandson had 2 and he said they we're great better then store brought thanks again"

danielsmama User ID: 4475395 210163
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"Everyone in my family LOVED these! I had to make a second batch the very next day! So easy, too - thank you so much for sharing such an amazing recipe!"

csrt User ID: 1245599 179867
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"Very good. I used whole wheat pastry flour and omited the allspice. Cloves are a little strong so will be cutting that down next time. easy to make and I don't have a bread machine."

workinmomTX User ID: 742853 161260
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"I love pumpkin flavor and bagels, so to combine them was divine! Very easy to make in my bread machine, the spices were just right for my taste. Very healthy as well, no fat. I added 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour in place of the bread flour for some added fiber. Great for fall breakfast or brunch, but I will be making these all year long."

thinmama40 User ID: 1381957 91513
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"What a wonderful way to welcome fall in. I had never made bagels before and these were really easy!"

obstetrics User ID: 402590 163897
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"These tasted great and were fun to make!"

jbab0221 User ID: 1238819 108021
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"These turned out wonderful! I am totally looking forward to making these bagels again and again!!"

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