New York Style Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Recipe

New York Style Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Recipe

This New York Style Cinnamon Raisin Bagel recipe is perfect if you have a special celebration coming up. If you’re a New Yorker or if you have tried their bagels, I’m sure you’re going to want more. But, what if you don’t live in New York? No problem. I’ve got a recipe for you.

If you can knead a dough, then this shouldn’t be a problem. You don’t need to be a professional baker to make these homemade bagels. Why buy when you can make it! Make this at home for everyone to enjoy!

Even if you don’t have any bagel spread or butter on this bagel, it’s delicious enough. But, you may do whatever your taste buds desire. We love this recipe. We devoured them and none were leftover. And, I would like to give credit to my husband for making these delicious bagels. Yes, he made these bagels. Sometimes, I just have to take a break from cooking.

New York-Style Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Recipe

If you want the bread puffier and softer until the next day, you should boil them longer than the recommended time. If you want, you can also put some toppings before baking the bagels.

New York Style Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 45 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bagels, baking, bread recipe, donut, new york style
Servings: 8
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (3 1/2 tsp) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) warm water (you may need ± 1/4 cup /60ml more, I know I did)
  • 3 1/2 cups (500g) bread flour or high gluten flour (will need extra for kneading)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
Optional Toppings: Caraway seeds, coarse salt, minced fresh garlic, poppy seeds or sesame seeds.
  1. In 1/2 cup (120 ml) of the warm water, pour in the sugar and yeast. Do not stir. Let it sit for five minutes, and then stir the yeast and sugar mixture until it all dissolves in the water. 
  2. Mix the flour, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast and sugar mixture.
  3. Pour 1/3 cup (90 ml) of the remaining warm water into the well. Mix and stir in the rest of the raisins and water as needed. Depending on where you live, you may need to add anywhere from a couple tablespoons to about 1/4 cup (60 ml) of water. You want a moist and firm dough after you have mixed it.
  4. On a floured countertop, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Try working in as much flour as possible to form a firm and stiff dough.
  5. Lightly brush a large bowl with oil and turn the dough to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size. Punch the dough down, and let it rest for another 10 minutes.
  6. Carefully divide the dough into 8 pieces (I used a scale to be extra precise, but it's not necessary). Shape each piece into a round. Now, take a dough ball, and press it gently against the countertop (or whatever work surface you're using) moving your hand and the ball in a circular motion pulling the dough into itself while reducing the pressure on top of the dough slightly until a perfect dough ball forms (as pictured below) Repeat with 7 other dough rounds. 
  7. Coat a finger in flour, and gently press your finger into the center of each dough ball to form a ring. Stretch the ring to about 1/3 the diameter of the bagel and place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Repeat the same step with the remaining dough.
  8. After shaping the dough rounds and placing them on the cookie sheet, cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425°F.
  9. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat. Use a slotted spoon or skimmer to lower the bagels into the water. Boil as many as you are comfortable with boiling. Once the bagels are in, it shouldn't take too long for them to float to the top (a couple seconds). Let them sit there for 1 minute, and then flip them over to boil for another minute. Extend the boiling times to 2 minutes each, if you'd prefer a chewier bagel (results will give you are more New York Style bagel with this option).
  10. If you want to top your bagels with stuff, do so as you take them out of the water, you may use the "optional toppings" (listed above), to top the bagels you will need to use an egg wash to get the toppings to stick before putting the bagels into the oven.
  11. Once all bagels have boiled, transfer them to a lightly oiled baking sheet.
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  12. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  13. Cool on a wire rack.

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