How to Make Green Bagels
on Mar 03, 2020, Updated Feb 09, 2024
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Homemade bagels are so delicious right out of the oven. In March we love all things green so we made these green bagels for St. Patrick’s Day! Grab the recipe and enjoy!
Top o the mornin to ya! These green bagels are such a fun way to enjoy a tasty St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas breakfast and they are super easy to make.
We made green pancakes for the kids a while back, but I’m more of a savory breakfast person so I decided to try making green bagels.
I had already learned how to make bagels before so all I had to do was go green. I love how they turned out!
Ingredients for Green Bagels
You will need salt, bread flour, sugar, water, and instant dry yeast.
For the green food coloring, you have a couple different options.
If you want a lighter color with a marbled look, add some gel food coloring to your dough at the end of the mixing cycle.
Or, for a brighter and more even color, add regular food coloring to the water before mixing it in with the dry ingredients.
You can see the difference in the photo below.
How to Make Green Bagels
Gather your dry ingredients and pulse together using a food processor or mixer with a bread hook.
Once combined, add the water (with green coloring for even color) and mix until it forms a ball.
Spray a bowl with oil and allow dough to rise, covered, for about an hour.
The dough should roughly double in size.
Press onto a floured surface and divide into equal parts. I make eight using this recipe.
Roll each section out and use your hand to create a loop and stick ends together.
Boil bagels in water with added sugar for about 30 seconds on each side and place on a baking sheet.
If you want to add toppings, beat an egg in a small bowl and dip the tops of your bagels first in the egg, then your toppings.
Our favorites are everything bagel seasoning and cinnamon sugar.
Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes on each side.
They will brown a bit on the outside but that beautiful green color is still shining through.
Can You Freeze Bagels?
Whether purchasing fresh bagels or making them at home, I always freeze them!
They stay fresh for a long time and all you need to do is wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for about 30 seconds when you are ready to eat.
I recommend storing flavored bagels in their own freezer bags to keep flavors separate.
Eat plain or with your favorite cream cheese.
For More St. Patrick’s Day treats, check out these posts:
- Pot of Gold Donut Holes
- Rainbow Cereal Treats
- St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails
- St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn Mix
- Leprechaun Hat Marshmallow Treats
Homemade Green Bagels
Green Bagels for St. Patrick’s Day
- 3.5 cups Bread Flour
- 1 pkg Instant Dry Yeast
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1.5 Cup Water
- 20 Drops Green Food Coloring, give or take
- Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor or mixer with a bread hook.
- Add water gradually until the dough forms a ball. For uniform color, add green coloring to water before mixing.
- If using gel coloring, add to dough after water for marbled look.
- Place ball in greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Let rise for about an hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Boil water with about 1.5 Tbsp sugar
- When dough is ready, press onto floured surface and divide into 8 sections
- Roll each piece and loop it around your hand, sticking ends together
- Add bagels 2-3 at a time to boiling sugar water for 30 seconds on each side
- Remove and add toppings if desired (dip in egg then toppings)
- Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet
- Bake for about 10 minutes on each side or until done and enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.