Homemade bagels, easier to make than you think!

There are some baking items that seem harder to make than they truly are. Bagels are one of those items. Even though I have gotten quite skilled at cooking and baking, I honestly believed I couldn’t make bagels. They just seemed so difficult to make. However, after looking through several recipes, I realized that they are easier to make than I first thought. So, I decided to try my hand at making homemade bagels.

It took a few tries, but I was finally able to find the perfect recipe for them. Combining a few of the recipes that I found, I managed to make homemade bagels that are soft on the inside with that wonderfully chewy crust on the outside.

These bagels make an excellent breakfast. Serve buttered or with cream cheese. Add some fruit on the side to make the meal even healthier. Once you try these homemade bagels you may never eat store-bought bagels again.

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Homemade bagels


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/4-1 1/2 cups water


  1. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, whisk together all ingredients except the water.
  2. Add 1 cup of water and mix. Slowly continue to add water until a firm dough forms. The dough should not be wet. It should feel heavy when you pick it up.
  3. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll them into balls. Let rest for about 20 minutes.
  4. Using your fingers, push a hole into the middle of the ball and slowly shape it into a bagel.  Let rest for another 20 minutes.
  5. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Preheat oven to 425.
  6. Boil the bagels for 1 minute on each side. Drain and place on a silicone mat lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Flip over the bagels and then cook for another 5-10 minutes. Bagels should be golden brown.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Have you ever tried making homemade bagels? If not, I would highly recommend giving these a try.


  1. I’ve never baked anything in my life but I think I will start with your bagels recipe. It sounds really easy and they look delicious. Thanks for sharing xx

    1. I’m glad to hear you are going to try them. I hope you enjoy them and the experience of baking.

  2. Wow this is such an easy recipe! I will be making these soon! Thank you!

    1. I’m still surprised by how easy they are to make. Hope you enjoy them.

  3. Oh my, those look delicious. I love baking and will totally have to give these a try 😊

    1. I hope you enjoy them.

  4. Wow these look fantastic! I love bagels and will definitely give these a try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks. They are so dang good! I hope you enjoy them when you do give them a try.

  5. I’ve never tried to make my own because I figured I never could. You make it look so easy! I’ll have to step out of my comfort zone and try this recipe.

    1. That’s exactly why it took me so long to try them in the first place. They seemed so impossible to make. I hope you get to try them!

  6. I love bagels! I need to pass this recipe on to my husband. He has been the main cook for awhile now and he is great at making new foods!

    1. That’s good to hear. I hope he enjoys making them and that you enjoy eating them.

  7. They look delicious! I absolutely love bagels. I love how versatile they are with what you can put on them! x

    1. Yes, I also love has versatile bagels are. I enjoy using them for sandwiches sometimes.

  8. These bagels do sound easy! I didn’t realize that they were so easy to make.

    1. I was honestly surprised by how easy they were to make. Now I look forward to making them as they are so quick and easy.

  9. I’ve never really been a bagel eater but these sound great to try baking! x

    1. Not everyone likes bagels and that’s okay.

  10. Omg! So I never thought about making my own bagel. However, I love the fact that these are vegan and you can do so much like ass cinnamon an raisins or garlic and onions! Thanks for sharing and giving me ideas!

    1. Yes, they are great that way. I have tried them with cinnamon and raisins added and they are so dang good! I need to try adding other ingredients in the future to make them even better. But the base recipe is fantastic by itself.

  11. I definitely need to give bagels a try. I would be the hero in the house haha.

    1. If they will make you the hero of the house then you definitely need to give them a try!

  12. Those look delicious! May have to try those!!

    1. They are so good. I hope you try them!

  13. What a simple, yet in-depth recipe on how to make bagels. My sister has always been bugging me to try and make bagels. I think I’ll give your recipe a try one weekend when I have some free time. Great recipe and Easy to follow Instructions.

    1. I was honestly surprised by the simplicity of this recipe. I hope you give them a try! Enjoy!

  14. Yum, these look so good. I need to try making my own now.

    1. They are dang tasty. I hope you enjoy them when you do try them.

  15. I have never tried making homemade bagels. You make it seem so easy. I’ll have to be brave and give it a try!

    1. They are surprisingly easy to make. I hope you give them a try!

  16. Wow! I did not know homemade bagels could be this easy to make. My daughter is a bagel eater so this recipe will be perfect for her. I will have to give it a try.

    1. I had thought they would be difficult to make but they really aren’t. I’m sure your daughter would absolutely love homemade bagels.

  17. I’ve made homemade pretzels before but not bagels. They are very similar so I should be able to handle this. Now I just need some toppings.

    1. Homemade pretzels are on my list of things I need to make still. They do seem very similar to bagels. I hope you give these a try as they are fantastic.

  18. I was surprised to see that bagels are boiled prior to baking. That must be why they have such an unusual texture.

    1. I would imagine the boiling is what gives bagels their unique texture.

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