New York-Style Everything Bagels + Vegan Cream Cheese Recipe

Wow. Can I just say wow! These bagels actually turned out pretty tasty, & caught the attention of my whole family. Everyone was trying to grab a warm bagel fresh out of the oven. I don’t blame them, because these buddies are so good!

Please don’t be intimidated by the long instructions, I just went into detail to make sure they are fool-proof! It is so worth it!

you can even make these cute mini bagels… be your creative self 🙂

New-York Style Everything Bagels:


  • 3.5 cups Flour, preferable Bread Flour
  • 2 tsp. Active Dry Yeast
  • 1.5 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 2 tbsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg

(Optional) Seasonings:

  • Caraway Seeds
  • Black Sesame Seeds
  • White Sesame Seeds
  • Sea Salt
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Fresh Garlic, Minced
  • QUICK TRICK: take the easy way out and use Trader Joes “Everything But The Bagel” seasoning.


  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar and active dry yeast. Pour in 1/2 cup warm water over the sugar and yeast. Give it a quick stir to combine, and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • In a separate larger bowl, mix together the flour and sea salt. Create a large well in the middle of the flour mix and pour the yeast mix into the well. Pour in 2/3 cup warm water into the well, too.
  • I recommend using the kneading hook on a stand mixer to mix it all together for about 10-12 minutes. Otherwise, mix all ingredients together and then knead by hand for 10 minutes.
  • Lightly grease another large bowl with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. Place the kneaded dough into the bowl, cover with sera wrap, then place a damp towel over the serene wrap. Set aside for one hour, or until it doubles in size.
  • Punch down the dough, and allow it to rise for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Take the dough out of the bowl, and place on parchment paper, or a greased baking pan. Evenly cut the large dough ball into 8-9 small dough balls.
  • Take each dough piece and form into a circular ball. Then press your finger into the middle of the dough to create a hole. Place back onto a greased baking pan or pan lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all bagels are formed.
  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Cover the bagels with a damp paper towel or dish towel. Set aside in a warm place for 10-15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, boil a large pot of water with the baking soda.
  • Place the dough-y bagels, two at a time, into the boiling water. Flip to the other side of the bagel after 1-2 minutes. Boil for 1-2 minutes on the other side, then place each back onto the baking pan. (For a chewier bagel, opt for 2 minutes.)
  • In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg. Use the egg to wash each the top of each of the dough-y bagels. Sprinkle the seasoning on top of each dough-y bagel.
  • Bake the bagels for 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Healthy Vegan Cream Cheese:


  • 14 oz Firm Tofu
  • 2-3 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • Optional Combinations:
  1. Sun-dried Tomatoes & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  2. Chives & Dill & Garlic & Parsley


  • In a blender, add the firm tofu, sea salt, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast together. Blend until smooth.
  • Fold in optional combinations to create your favorite cream cheese flavor.

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