Unicorn Bagels Recipe (Rainbow! Sparkly! Fabulous!)

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Unicorn Bagels are simply plain bagels dressed up in rainbow swirls.   Not that these rainbow bagels need any extra flavoring to make me smile in the morning.

Unicorn Bagels (also known as rainbow bagels) are plain bagels made with swirls of rainbow colored dough.

I spent some time this weekend baking my favorite homemade bagels for my family and decided to have some fun, and make one batch Unicorn Bagels (sparkly!  Rainbowy!  Awesome!).  

Unicorn Bagels make everything better!  Especially Mondays.

Gel food coloring and disco dust for making unicorn bagels.

How to Make Unicorn Bagels

  • one batch of bagel dough (here's my favorite recipe)
  • Assorted gel food colors (I like Americolor's Electric colors, especially for something like this.  Buy here.)
  • disco dust edible glitter for cake decorating (buy here)

Bagel dough divided into five parts and colored purple, yellow, green, and pink for unicorn bagels.

Once you've made your bread dough (or, like me, let your bread machine do the fussy work), divide the dough into several parts.  I made five parts, and I didn't particularly try to make them even.  I wasn't going for a perfectly symmetrical, even look.

purple, gree, white, pink, and yellow ropes of bagel dough ready to form rainbow unicorn bagels.

Knead a few drops of gel food coloring into each lump of dough that you want colored.  

Rainbow bagel dough twisted together and ready to form into bagels.

Roll the different colors of dough into long ropes, and twist them all together to create one striped, rainbow-infused lump of dough.

Rainbow bagel dough divided into bagel sized pieces on a wooden cutting board.

Divide the dough into eight equal parts.  Pat each dough ball flat, and poke a hole in the center.

Unicorn bagel dough being shaped into bagel shapes.

 Gently stretch the center hole until it's quite a bit larger, like the picture above.

Yes, I know that this isn't the "proper" technique for shaping bagels, but it's really easy!  Maybe someday I'll graduate to the coiled-snake method of bagel-shaping, but it is not this day.

Unicorn bagels being boiled before baking.

Just like with normal bagels, boil in a water and molasses mixture, 30 seconds per side.

Rainbow Unicorn bagels being sprinkled with disco dust edible glitter before baking.

Place on a silicone baking mat (parchment paper, usually so reliable, can be a nightmare if the bagels are a little too wet when you put them on the sheet).

Brush the boiled (but not baked) bagels with an egg wash, and give a sprinkle of disco dust.

Five rainbow bagels on a white marble background.

Bake at 400 degrees for approximately minutes.  You want them baked through, but not as golden and crispy as usual.

One unicorn bagel cut in half, surrounded by three whole unicorn bagels on a white marble background.

They do still get somewhat golden, but you still see the fabulous, vibrant color when you cut the bagel open!  

What Does a Rainbow Bagel Taste Like?

  • A rainbow unicorn bagel tastes just like a regular plain bagel.  The food coloring and edible glitter don't have any flavor.

Are Unicorn Bagels Vegan?

  • This bagel recipe uses an egg wash, but if you eliminated the egg wash, the recipe would be vegan.

Rainbow Unicorn bagels on a white marble background.

What do you think?  Is this the perfect way to start your week, or what?

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