An official website of the United States government.

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you've safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Homemade Bagels

Did you know that you can make your own fresh, delicious, whole-grain rich bagels at home? This recipe makes enough to share with family and friends, or to freeze extras to last you for weeks.

Prep time
1 hour
Cook time
15 minutes
Total time
1 hour, 15 minutes
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water (warm)
2 cups flour (whole wheat)
1 1/4 cups flour (all purpose)
1 teaspoon canola oil
cinnamon (optional)
sugar (optional)
salt (optional)
  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Mix sugar, yeast, water, and flours together.
  3. Rub inside of bowl with oil. Place dough in bowl and flip to coat with oil. Let rise 30 minutes.
  4. Punch down dough and divide into 16 portions. Shape into a ball and poke a hole through the middle with your fingers.
  5. Place on a well-greased baking sheet and cover with a towel to rise again for 15-20 minutes. Put 2 inches of water in a pot and heat to boiling.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, gently place each bagel into a rapidly boiling water for 1 minute on each side. Remove and dry on a towel. Place back on baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle bagels with cinnamon/sugar or salt.
  7. Bake at 475°F for 8-12 minutes.
Meal Type: Breakfast
Category: Kid-Friendly
Food group: Grains
Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall