Jalapeño Cheddar Bagel Recipe

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Jalapeño cheddar bagels are full of flavor from the sharp cheddar cheese and just the right touch of heat from jalapeño peppers.  Don't be intimidated--making bagels is actually really easy!  This Jalapeño cheddar bagel recipe will walk you through making the dough, shaping the bagels, and baking them to perfection.

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels sliced and spread with cream cheese, next to cheddar cheese and jalapeño slices, with text overlay reading "Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels".

It's the first Monday of the month, and that means it's time for the Taste Creation Blog Hop.  This month, our theme is bread!

Jalapeño cheddar bagels are my husband's favorite, so when we decided to bake breads this month, I knew I wanted to adapt my favorite plain bagel recipe to make a jalapeño cheddar variety.

Pile of Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels on a marble surface next to two wedges of cheddar cheese and slices of jalapeno peppers.

This recipe isn't very spicy at all, but it is extremely flavorful.  

Ingredients for Jalapeño Cheddar Bagel recipe on a white marble surface.

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagel Ingredients:

  • 3 1⁄2 cups bread flour
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1⁄2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons jalapeños, chopped

Jalapeños being chopped on a wooden chopping board, for making Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels.

Chop the jalapeños into small pieces.  Feel free to add extra jalapeños if you like your jalapeño cheddar bagels a little more spicy.  As written this recipe will make a very mild bagel with just a nice touch of jalapeño flavor.

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagel dough being made in a breadmaker machine.

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagel Dough Made in a Bread Machine

I love letting my bread machine do all the hard work of making bagel dough.  To make the dough for the jalapeño cheddar bagels in a bread maker, simply put the water in the container first, then add the dry ingredients, ending with the cheddar and jalapeños.  Then you just push the button for the dough cycle and sit back and let the bread machine do all the work of mixing, kneading, and rising.  

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagel dough made in a bread machine.

An hour and a half later, you have perfect dough, ready to shape into bagels!

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagel Dough Made by Hand

Of course, if you don't have a bread machine to do the work for you, you can still make the bagels!  It's not difficult, just more hands-on work.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), then add the water and stir well until a dough is formed.

Turn the dough out on a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes.  

Place the kneaded dough in an oil-coated mixing bowl, cover, and let rise for an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels being shaped into rings on a floured countertop.

Shaping the Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels

I use an easy/cheater method to shape my bagels.  I divide my dough into eight equal parts, then shape each piece of dough into a ball.  I pat the ball down into a disc shape.  I then poke my fingers through the center of the bagel and stretch and shape the bagel into its iconic shape.

If you'd prefer to try the more traditional method of shaping bagels (the way the pros do it), I found this helpful video that clearly shows the process.


Boiled, unbaked Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels on a silpat lined baking sheet.

Boiling the Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels

Bring water and 1 Tablespoon barley malt syrup (or molasses) to a boil.  Boil the bagels for 30 seconds on each side.

Remove the boiled bagels and place them on a clean kitchen towel to dry for a few minutes before adding an egg wash.

Stack of Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels next to a wedge of cheddar cheese and slices of Jalapeño peppers.

Baking Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Place the boiled bagels on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat (like a Silpat).  I've tried using parchment paper before, and usually parchment paper is amazing... but not when you put a wet bagel on top of it.  The parchment paper stuck like glue to the bottom of those bagels.  I always use a silicone baking mat for bagels now.

Brush with an egg wash (an egg beaten together with a Tablespoon or so of water).  The egg wash gives the bagels a beautiful, shiny finish.  If you need to avoid eggs, this step can be eliminated.  

Bake the Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels for 22-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Three Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels, one sliced and spread with cream cheese, next to cheddar cheese and Jalapeño slices.

Printable, One Page Jalapeño Cheddar Bagel Recipe:

Want a one page, printable version of the Jalapeno Cheddar Bagel recipe?  Click the image below to print or download the PDF.

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And be sure to check out the other amazing bread recipes from my blogger friends in the Taste Creations Blog Hop!

More Bread Recipes from the Taste Creations Blog Hop:

Our Good Life: Pumpkin Beer Bread

An Italian in my Kitchen: Easy Swirled Cinnamon Bread

Mom Home Guide: Cheddar and Green Onion Quick Bread

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These look so good! I made bagels once. They tasted good, but didn't look the best! I need to try your cheater method of shaping the bagels. I also want to try your unicorn bagel recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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