Copycat Dunkin Stuffed Bagels

Bite-sized cream cheese stuffed bagels! So many options to choose from when you make my Copycat Dunkin Stuffed Bagels! Try pumpkin spice cream cheese filling, or low-fat veggie!

Have you tried the Stuffed Bagel Minis from Dunkin’ Donuts yet? They are puffy, warm, cheesy, and delicious! They are so good that I had to make a recipe for Copycat Dunkin Stuffed Bagels! And, it’s pumpkin spice season, so I’m using some Pumpkin Spice Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread to fill my stuffed bagels, and some low-fat veggie Philadelphia cream cheese spread with everything bagel seasoning on top.

Copycat Dunkin Stuffed Bagels
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Sometimes you just don’t want to leave the house or don’t have time for the drive-thru but you want Dunkin Donuts Stuffed Bagel Bites! I recently discovered these little breakfast delights on a road trip with my niece. As usual, I was skeptical and assumed they’d taste like something from the freezer section at the grocery store. But, I was pleasantly surprised! They are great as a grab-and-go breakfast, and you can switch up the flavor with different fillings and toppings. Not only are they delicious, but they are fun to make!

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Variations

There are too many variations to list, but I recommend Philadelphia low-fat Garden Vegetable Spread, plain cream cheese with everything bagel seasoning on top, and Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Spread with pumpkin pie spice blend on top.

Pumpkin spice stuffed bagels
Pumpkin Spice Stuffed Bagels

Tips

My number one tip is to scoop and freeze your cream cheese ahead of time, even the night before. This will make them easier to wrap in bagel dough and help prevent the filling from coming out during baking. In testing, I have found that reduced-fat cream cheese may burst out a little more than the full fat.

Resist the urge to overfill them. Just a tablespoon is all you need for one bagel bite. Too much and they will pop during baking.

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It’s really not a problem if they do burst in the oven, just wait until they cool, spoon the cream cheese into a zip-top bag, snip the end, and pipe it back into your bites in the same hole it came out of.

Add honey or molasses to your boiling water, along with some salt and baking soda. I don’t know how it works, but it does make them nice and chewy!

Use the bagel dough to make full size bagels! Yields about 5 bagels.
Use the bagel dough to make full-size bagels! Yields about 5 bagels.

If your kitchen is cold like mine is heat a mug of water in your microwave. Then when it’s nice and warm, put your bowl of dough next to it and close the door. Your microwave can be a nice warm proofing box to raise and rest your dough!

These reheat nicely in the oven for a few minutes, or 10-30 seconds in the microwave. Make a double batch and freeze some! Be careful to let them cool! Hot cream cheese is like molten lava!


If you love these bite-sized Copycat Stuffed Bagels, try these gluten-free Brazilian Cheese Bites made with tapioca flour! For another bite-sized recipe, try my salmon and white bean puffs!

Copycat Dunkin Stuffed Bagels

Copycat Dunkin Stuffed Bagels (Stuffed Bagel-Bites)

You can use plain cream cheese, pumpkin spice, maple pecan, or whatever cream cheese you like best! In testing, I have found that reduced-fat cream cheese may burst out more than the full fat but that's ok.
They take a couple hours from start to finish, but they are pretty easy, and you can freeze and reheat them later! Start by scooping and freezing your cream cheese of choice, then make the dough and let it rest. Divide the dough into little balls and fill them with the frozen cream cheese then boil them for a nice chewy bagel texture then bake.
You can make these in two hours!
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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 205 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Bagel Dough

  • 1 packet active dry yeast I use Fleischmann's about 2 tsp per packet
  • tsp sugar You can substitute with maple syrup or honey, or add an additional teaspoon
  • ¾ cup warm water 105°F to 110 degrees F (may need an additional tbsp or two)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cup bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour optional, can use ap or bread flour instead
  • olive oil to oil bowl to proof dough

Cream Cheese Filling

  • oz Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread If you can't find pumpkin spice, add sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Variation: Use any non-whipped cream cheese/spread, like low-fat Philadelphia Garden Vegetable, or Neufchâtel. Be sure to freeze it in 16 1 tbsp-sized balls of cheese.

Boiling Liquid

  • 1 tbsp honey or molasses
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ½ tbsp baking soda
  • 2 quart water

Toppings

  • 1 egg Optional. For egg wash adds a nice texture and helps the toppings to stay on.
  • cinnamon sugar, pumpkin pie spice, everything bagel seasoning, sea salt flakes, za'atar 

Instructions
 

Prepare/Freeze the Filling

  • Using a 1 tbsp scoop, make 16 balls of cream cheese and place them on a parchment-lined tray. Freeze until ready to assemble bagel bites.

Bagel Dough

  • In a large bowl add the warm water, sugar, salt and yeast and stir to combine.
  • Add the white whole wheat flour, stir to combine.
  • Add the rest of the flour in two batches and mix. Pour the mixture onto a floured surface to combine thoroughly. (Add a little more water if it's too dry.)
  • Knead it at least 4 – 10 minutes and roll it into a ball.
  • Place the dough ball in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set it aside to rest for about 45 minutes.

Assemble Bagel Bites

  • Pour the dough ball out onto a cutting board and cut into 16 equal pieces.
  • Flatten each piece of dough slightly and place a cream cheese ball in the center. Gather the dough around each ball and pinch several times until completely sealed.
    Stuff bagel dough with frozen cream cheese balls
  • Place bagel bites on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Lightly oil a piece of plastic wrap and place it on top of the bagels. Let them rest for 20-30 minutes.
  • While the bagel bites are resting, prepare your boiling liquid (below) and preheat your oven to 325°.

Boiling Liquid

  • Bring water, honey, salt, and baking soda to a boil.

Boil Bagel Bites

  • In a small bowl, beat an egg with a fork for the egg wash. (optional)
  • Using a slotted spoon or spider, gently place each bagel bite into the boiling liquid, about 4-5 at a time, swirl the water to prevent sticking to each other.
  • If they sink to the bottom, stir and wait for them to float to the top. Gently flip them over so that they've boiled on each side at least 30 seconds. Remove with the slotted spoon to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Season and Bake

  • Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle the tops with your topping of choice.
    bagel bites with poppy seed topping
  • Bake in a 325°F oven for fifteen minutes. Rotate pan and cook for another five to ten minutes, or until nice and browned.
  • Allow to cool at least fifteen minutes before eating. Caution: Hot cream cheese is like molten lava!

Notes

I’ve made this with a half packet of yeast, and a whole packet of yeast and the results are similar. I let the half packet dough rest and rise a little longer.
Full-fat cream cheese seems to work better, but not so much better that I can’t recommend low-fat cream cheese. I recommend freezing the cream cheese balls the night before if you have time.
If your kitchen is cold, warm a mug of water in your microwave. Then when it’s nice and warm, put your bowl of dough next to it and close the door. It makes for a nice proofing box!
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Nutrition

Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 1297mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 281IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg
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If you love these bite-sized Copycat Stuffed Bagels, try these gluten-free Brazilian Cheese Bites made with tapioca flour! For another bite-sized recipe, try my salmon and white bean puffs!

Copycat Dunkin Stuffed Bagels (Stuffed Bagel-Bites)
You can use plain cream cheese, pumpkin spice, maple pecan, or whatever cream cheese you like best! In testing, I have found that reduced-fat cream cheese may burst out more than the full fat but that's ok.
They take a couple hours from start to finish, but they are pretty easy, and you can freeze and reheat them later! Start by scooping and freezing your cream cheese of choice, then make the dough and let it rest. Divide the dough into little balls and fill them with the frozen cream cheese then boil them for a nice chewy bagel texture then bake.
You can make these in two hours!
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