Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bagels Bites filled with Cream Cheese. The easiest, most delicious and fastest way to enjoy a bagel!
Happy Monday Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Besides the fact that the Packers lost their game last night (sniff), we had a wonderful time. The weather has been absolutely beautiful and even somewhat warm the last couple of days. Mid 30’s, lots of sunshine and blue skies seem to bring out lots of smiles. We take anything we can get this time of year and soak up as much of the “warm” breeze as possible, ha.
But I still managed to make some time in the kitchen. For an idea I’ve had swirling around my head for what seems like forever now.
As if bagel bites stuffed with cream cheese weren’t enough, I decided to add Cinnamon Toast Crunch (aka my favorite childhood cereal) to the mix. Literally. Cereal makes up part of the bagel dough, which you can taste with every bite. If that’s not a dream come true, then I don’t know what is.
Let’s dive right in!
Also, raise your hand if you watch Shark Tank, the TV show. I’ve been an avid watcher for the last couple of seasons and just love the concept of the show. Giving entrepreneurs the chance to grow into a larger company with the help of experts – we’re totally hooked. I am always intrigued when food-related business owners make their pitch and am always rooting for them to get a deal. A couple of weeks ago, there was a couple that had turned the art of cream cheese-filled mini bagels into a business. Based in New York City. Since I couldn’t make a trip to their bagel shop, I decided it was a definite sign to start making my own bagel bites instead. And this is the final product. No trip to the Big Apple necessary – although I wouldn’t be opposed ;).
If you’re a fan of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal, I don’t think I need to tell you that you will adore these tiny bagels. I was playing around with the idea of filling them with a sweet variation of cream cheese but decided that since the bagels themselves were sweet enough, simple and classic cream cheese would probably work best as a contrast and to help bring out the flavor of my beloved cereal. Which is exactly how it turned out to be.
I am totally and completely in love with the cream cheese centers. Not that it is particularly difficult to enjoy a bagel on the go, but it’s just gotten even easier. And who doesn’t love that?! Plus, they are beyond adorable and we all know that minis taste that much better ;).
Enjoy, friends! And have a fabulous start to your week!
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) quick rise yeast
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cinnamon toast crunch cereal, crushed into very fine crumbs (additional cereal for topping, broken into pieces)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 oz (1 package) cream cheese, softened
- 1. In the bowl of your stand mixer (with the dough hook attached), combine yeast, sugar, flour, crushed cereal, cinnamon and salt. Slowly pour in water until fully incorporated and knead on low for about, 3-4 minutes. Increase speed to medium and continue to knead for another 10 minutes, until dough is soft and smooth. Grease a medium bowl, place dough inside, cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let rest in a warm place for 1 hour.
- 2. Flour your work surface. Deflate dough and remove from the bowl. Set dough ball on the floured surface and let rest for 10 minutes.
- 3. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces and roll each one into a ball. Place bagel bites onto two parchment or silpat-lined baking sheets, cover with kitchen towels and let rest for another 10 minutes.
- 4. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- 5. Gently place 4 bagel bites at a time into the simmering water and boil for 1 minute. Flip over and boil for another minute. Remove from the water, return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining bagel bites. Place baking sheet (I bake 1 at a time) in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Halfway through the baking time, melt butter and using a pastry brush, quickly cover each bagel bite with melted butter and top with cinnamon toast crunch cereal (broken into small pieces). Remove from the oven and transfer bagel bites to wire racks to slightly cool. Fill a piping bag fitted with a round piping nozzle (I used a Wilton 230) and fill each bagel bite with cream cheese. Enjoy while still slightly warm.
- Bagel Bites are best when enjoyed on the same day, but can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days (we usually toast ours in a toaster oven to reheat them).