Everything Bagel Bites with Bacon-Scallion Cream Cheese Dip

by Erin

For The Secret Recipe Club this month, I had Nicole of I am a Honey Bee. She actually had my blog in February and made my Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken so it was fun to return the favor, especially since I read her blog already and always like what I see. She also does Thirsty Thursdays posts with Amanda of Fake Ginger and I almost made her Red, White, and Blue Sangria, because it would be the perfect Fourth of July drink.

That was until I saw the recipe for these Everything Bagel Bites. I love making homemade bagels but shaping them is sometimes a pain. This recipe avoids that by cutting them into nuggets. However, it also results in a dangerously poppable treat as I downed 6 before I even knew what happened. I was just standing in my kitchen testing them out before photographing and could not stop! Pairing them with a bacon-scallion cream cheese dip just enhances this effect.

As a side note: I have discovered one benefit to the summer heat – letting dough rise outside! Yup, I set the dough for these bagel bites outside to rise, covered and in the shade. I am a genius.

Everything Bagel Bites

Two years ago: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies


Serves 6



2 tsp active dry yeast

1/4 cup+ 1/2 tsp sugar

2/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

1-1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp light brown sugar

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1/4 cup baking soda

4 cups water

2 Tbsp everything bagel topping (recipe below)


2 slices bacon

1/4 cup lowfat plain Greek yogurt (I used 2% Chobani)

4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

2 scallion greens, thinly sliced

1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt


3/4 tsp salt

1 Tbsp sesame seeds

2 tsp black sesame seeds (or toasted regular)

2 tsp poppy seeds

1 Tbsp dried minced onion

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in the warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, 1/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the oil and yeast mixture.
  3. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes or use a stand mixer with the hook attachment. While the dough is coming together, watch it to see if it is looking dry. If so add a tablespoon or so of water until slightly tacky but doesn’t stick to your fingers.
  4. Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough in the bowl. Lightly coat the dough with oil as well. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 – 2 hours.
  5. While the dough rises, prepare the cream cheese dip and bagel topping. In a medium pan, fry the bacon until crispy. Remove, crumble and reserve bacon fat. In a medium bowl, blend together the Greek yogurt and cream cheese. Stir in bacon fat, bacon crumbles, and remaining ingredients. Store in refrigerator until ready to use. In a small zip-top baggie, combine all topping ingredients and shake.
  6. When the dough has risen, preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
  7. Place the baking soda and water into a pot and bring to a boil while preparing the dough.
  8. Put the risen dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about 1-inch thick (do not re-knead) and cut into 1 to 1.5-inch pieces (I cut each rope into six pieces to get 36 total).
  9. Once all of the dough is all shaped, drop into the boiling water 6 at a time. Let boil for about 10 seconds, then remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with the everything bagel topping, and repeat with remaining dough.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, until lightly browned. Serve warm with dip or mustard. Best the first day.

Source: Bagel bites adapted from I am a Honey Bee. Dip and Bagel Topping adapted from Momofuku Milk Bar.


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nicole @ I am a Honey Bee July 2, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Glad you enjoyed these.

My BF was saying I should make them again soon and I think I really should but I have to make the dip you made! yum!!!

Asiya June 25, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Yum!!! This looks so tasty…I always get a Everything Bagel when I go to Tim Hortons! Happy Reveal Day!

steph@stephsbitebybite June 25, 2013 - 6:42 am

Yes! Yes! Yes!! I could pop a whole bunch of these bad boys!

Joanne June 25, 2013 - 5:40 am

I remember when Audra posted those, I was pretty much dying to make them…and then forgot. But now after seeing them again I REALLY need them in my life!

Susan June 24, 2013 - 11:39 pm

YUM! It all looks amazing. Great pick!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 24, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Um, that dip looks and sounds amazing!

Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures June 24, 2013 - 11:20 pm

These looks sooooo good!

Nessa June 24, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Everything bagels are the best! This looks terrific :)

Traci June 24, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Beautiful bagel bites. These are one of our favorite after school snacks. Happy SRC Reveal Day!

Mr. & Mrs. P June 24, 2013 - 3:43 pm

These looks phenomenal!!! YUM!

natalie@thesweetslife June 24, 2013 - 3:28 pm

I haven’t made homemade bagels in years, mostly because I hate how much work it is to shape them…so you’re right, this is the perfect solution!

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel June 24, 2013 - 3:15 pm

These sound amazing! I LOOOOOVE everything bagels and these ones are adorable! Great pick!

Lindsay (life and kitchen) June 24, 2013 - 1:22 pm

I love everything bagels, so these look perfect. Just as great, but easier to manage – and great for a party!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) June 24, 2013 - 11:34 am

Um I recently discovered the serious addictive properties of chive cream cheese and now this….oh booy

Sarah E June 24, 2013 - 10:24 am

Woah nelly – that looks amazing! Had to pin to remember to make it. The cream cheese dip sounds incredible!

Happy Reveal Day!

Karen June 24, 2013 - 9:23 am

WOW! Erin, what a FABULOUS SRC pick and such lovely photos too! Karen xxx

Melissa June 24, 2013 - 9:20 am

These sound awesome! You are brilliant for letting your dough rise outside! I would have never thought of that! Great pick this month :)

Renee {Eat.Live.Blog.} June 24, 2013 - 8:50 am

These look fabulous! Nicole’s blog is one of my favorites!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen June 24, 2013 - 8:47 am

These look INCREDIBLE! I love, love love everything bagels with cream cheese. This is the perfect post as far as I’m concerned!

Rebekah @ Making Miracles June 24, 2013 - 8:39 am

Oh my those look absolutely DELICIOUS (and dangerous)! :D What a terrific SRC selection this month!


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