Chocolate Chip Bagels

by Merissa on July 7, 2011

in Recipes

The last time I made bagels this thought crossed my mind, "These would be SO good if they were chocolate chip." So I pondered for a while the best way to make that happen. What I finally ended up with was not only a recipe for chocolate chip bagels but a slightly improved recipe for homemade bagels altogether. I love my other bagel recipe but I'm not 100% happy with the boiling process, which is nessecary for light fluffy bagels on the inside and crispy shell on the outside. So this recipe is not only a recipe for Chocolate Chip Bagels, it's in improved recipe for homemade bagels overall.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Bagels

What you need:

  • 1 1/3 c. warm water
  • 1 T oil
  • 4 c. bread flour
  • 4 t. sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 t. yeast

Add all the ingredients in the order listed into the bread machine. I've had many people ask if they can make the bread machine recipes without a machine and the answer is yes. Just knead the dough well after you mix the ingredients. Let it rise for at least 30 minutes, punch it down, knead it again and let it rise again for another 30 minutes.

I really love my bread machine. Makes life easy!

After the dough is done. punch it down. Now it's time to add the chocolate chips. You can add other things as well. Just divide the dough and add whatever to eat lump of dough. For this particular bath I made half regular bagels and half chocolate chip.

Add chocolate chips and fold the dough over to knead them in. I used bittersweet chocolate because I love it, you can use anything you want. πŸ˜‰

Form the dough into bagel shapes. Put a large hole in the middle. One batch makes about 10 - 12. Let the bagels rise for about 30 mins to 1 hour on a greased cookie sheet with a towel on top of them. After you let them rise, stick them in the oven on the Broil setting for about 2-3 minutes on each side. They should get a little hard but not brown. While you are doing this you can heat up the water for the next step. In a saucepan heat up several inches of water with a little sugar added in. Heat until boiling.

After the bagels are done with the broil cycle stick them a few at a time in the boiling water. Boil for 1 minute on each side and then place back on the greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350F for about 20 - 25 minutes or until lightly brown of the tops. Enjoy with a nice cream cheese spread. Yum!

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1 Abi July 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Just made these – YUM!! Never have had bagels fresh from the oven and wow…so good. I don’t have a bread maker and it took forever (all day process) to make them but it wasn’t hard, just time consuming. Wonderful recipe – thank you!


2 Merissa July 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I’m glad you liked them! I highly recommend a bread machine, even the inexpensive ones do really well. I use mine all the time when I don’t want to heat up the whole kitchen making a loaf of bread or if I just don’t have time to work on bread!


3 Lindsay September 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I’ve made these bagels once before, and they worked out well. I’m currently working on making another batch and am wondering how to store these bagels for a few days without letting them go bad?


4 Merissa September 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I always just stick them in the freezer and pull out what I want to eat:)


5 Leah March 4, 2012 at 7:04 am

Hey there, can I use half whole wheat flour to add some more nutrients? Trying to reduce our white flour and sugar consumption here.. Thanks, these look amazing!


6 Merissa March 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Yes you can!


7 Rebecca March 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I’ve made these bagels a few times now and my hubby loves them! We have quadruplets and like to feel like we are splurging without actually spending the money to buy things like this at the store. Thanks for the recipe! It’s cost effective and delicious! πŸ™‚

Oh! And one trick I discovered to help keep the bottoms from getting soggy after boiling them, is to let them sit for a minute on a cooling rack. The heat from boiling evaporates most of the water, but the little drips have a chance to fall away from the bagel. After a minute, they are good to go back on the cookie sheet. Just a little tip that works in my kitchen!


8 Mel Free April 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

I am so going to try these!


9 Sarah Wahlers April 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Can I cut the yeast and use self rising flour? Or is the yeast a MUST.


10 Merissa April 16, 2012 at 6:45 am

You can try it but I’m not sure how it would work. Let us know if you do!


11 Sarah Wahlers April 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Well, I did’t try it, I followed the recipe to the T… and OMG… this is an AMAZING recipe… I was trying to get the likeness to Big Apple Bagels because I dont have one close to where I am (closest is 5 hours away). THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this… these are SO amazing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ also… try it with the chocolate chip cream cheese topping (I’ll post the link) I’ts my child hood all over again πŸ™‚

here is the link:


12 Merissa April 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

So glad you liked them, thanks for sharing that! If we want to get “fancy” when we top the bagels I mix a little turbinado sugar in with softened cream cheese until it melts. Then we use that as a spread….SO good!


13 Janet Keymer July 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

My daughter and I both really love chocolate chip bagels and it gets expensive going to local bakeries to purchase them. Your recipe look really good and has such great reviews the only problem is I do not own a bread machine and at this time can not afford to purchase one . I do have a Kitchenaid Professional 5 mixer and wanted to know if you or anyone have made this recipe with a stand mixer? Did the recipe turn out as good and if you think this will burn out the motor on the mixer. I had someone once tell me making bread had burned out their mixer….
Thanks Janet


14 Merissa July 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I’ve made this recipe in my Bosch Mixer and it turns out just fine. I’m not sure about the KitchenAid, I had one for 2 days and returned it to get the more powerful Bosch:)


15 Stephanie Roblejo October 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Just made these with my kitchenaid and
they came out just like the pictures. Takes
a little more time but it’s worth it!


16 Cheryl December 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

Now this is a must try. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚


17 Candas December 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Why do you need to to put the chocolate bagels in water before baking them?


18 Merissa December 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm

It makes the inside stay night and soft while you bake them!


19 Amelia January 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hi! I was just trying this recipe, but when I got to the broil part, the bagels caught on fire after 1 minute! Help! Not sure how to broil apparently. I put them on the top rack, was this my mistake? Can you let me know which rack you use.



20 Merissa January 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I keep mine on the top rack but it’s still a ways from the broiler, you have to watch them very very closely though. Mine take a minute or 2 to brown but your oven might be hotter. I would just try again but watch them like a hawk and pull them out as soon as they are brown.


21 Missy October 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Mine were way too brown even at 2 minutes! But I am excited about this recipe, so next time I will just lower my oven rack and keep a closer eye on them. This time, we wil just slice off any “too brown” parts.


22 kelly November 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hi, just found your site and I am glad I did. I want to try this recipe and I have a bread machine that I dont really use. how do i know the dough is ready to be brought out of the bread machine?


23 Merissa November 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Does your bread machine have a dough setting? I usually just put my bread on that and it works pretty good.


24 Karen Wood January 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Wow I love bagels but have never made them. I have an old fleishman’s yeast recipe for them that doesn’t include the broiling them part. I bet it makes a good difference to broil them. Going to have to make these and compare.


25 Merissa January 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

It does make a difference I think, it adds that bubbly, bagel texture that’s so good!


26 Linda January 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Made these into cinnamon raisin bagels – delicious!


27 Merissa January 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm



28 Barb February 13, 2014 at 8:33 am

Can I add cocoa to make these chocolate chocolate chip bagels?


29 Merissa February 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

I don’t see why not. Let us know how they turn out!


30 Christos March 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

how much is a little bit of sugar in the water can i have a measurment please i’d appreciate that thank you.


31 Merissa March 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

It’s jut a very small amount, just a pinch with your fingers.


32 Alexandra Spagna August 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Have you converted this recipe to gluten free?


33 Merissa August 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

Not yet Alexandra.


34 Tracy Smith August 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

I am going to attempt to make these gluten free. My daughter and I love bagels, but I don’t like paying $5 for a bag of them. I will let you know how they turn out! And thank you for the wonderful recipes! I always go to your site first when trying something new!


35 Merissa August 29, 2014 at 9:56 am

I would love to know how they turn out!


36 Jo Romine March 16, 2016 at 4:50 pm

I just came across this recipe and would like very much to make them. My questions are: When using the bread machine what setting do you use? Second; How much chocolate chips do you put in?


37 Merissa March 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm

For the bread machine you will just use the dough setting. And for chocolate chips I usually only use about 1/4 to 1/3 cup.


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