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Chocolate Bagels with Cookies & Cream Whipped Cream Cheese

Chocolate bagels… Need I say more? Oh, all right… Cookies and cream whipped cream cheese. Now put it all together: Chocolate Bagels with Cookies & Cream Whipped Cream Cheese. Heavy on the cream cheese!

Chocolate Bagels with Cookies & Cream Whipped Cream Cheese

Never have I ever come across a chocolate bagel. I’ve had a chocolate chip bagel but never an all out chocolate to the core chocolate bagel. That’s about to change, because I whipped up a batch of crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside chocolate bagels.

That’s right, I made it happen. If you want something done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself.

Chocolate Bagels with Cookies & Cream Whipped Cream Cheese

Wait, it gets better… So. Much. Better. I stuffed them with a light and airy, slightly sweet cookies & cream whipped cream cheese. Just so we’re on the same page, that’s tangy cream cheese whipped with vanilla bean paste and a scoop of powdered sugar with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (you all know the ones) folded in for good measure.

It’s all about the details.

Chocolate Bagels with Cookies & Cream Whipped Cream Cheese

Seriously, these are some darn good bagels. They get their rich chocolate flavor from a scoop of good-quality cocoa powder and a splash of chocolate extract (yup, that’s a thing!). If you’re unable to locate chocolate extract, you can leave it out. I also added a teaspoon of instant espresso powder to boost the chocolate flavor, really intensify it.

I can not express enough the importance of using high-quality yeast, which is why I always, always reach for Red Star Yeast. It’s all about the rise. If you want a tender, chewy bagel, the dough must puff and become light and airy. For this recipe, I used Red Star’s Platinum line of yeast. It’s fortified with dough enhancers to strengthen and improve your dough, resulting in increased volume and height. One packet will have you feeling like a bread baking rockstar. It’s a good feeling.

If you’re a beginner bagel maker (that was me once upon a time), refer to my bagel tutorial for the step-by-step bagel-making process. It’s a really great guide.

Chocolate Bagels with Cookies & Cream Whipped Cream Cheese

These chocolate bagels are delicious any time of the year, but they would definitely make a great addition to your Easter brunch menu.

Chocolate Bagels with Cookies & Cream Whipped Cream Cheese

Yield: 8 bagels

Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Bagels

  • 3 and 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water (not to exceed 120 degrees F.)
  • 1 packet yeast (such as Red Star Platinum)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract, optional
  • Coarse sugar for topping, optional

Whipped Cream Cheese

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 5 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed

 

Directions:

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder and salt. Mix on low speed until combined.
  2. Gently whisk the hot water and yeast together in a measuring cup. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to allow the yeast to bloom.
  3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture. Add the vanilla and chocolate extract (if using). Continue to mix on low speed for 8 minutes.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough, adding flour as needed, for an additional 1 minute. Shape the dough into a smooth ball and place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel and place the bowl in a warm, undisturbed area of your kitchen. Allow the dough to rise until its double in size, about 1-2 hours.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough into a log. Using a pastry scraper or floured knife, cut the log into 8 even pieces.
  6. Gently roll the dough into balls. Place your thumb in the center of each ball and push down to create a hole. Gently tug on the dough to create a slightly larger whole. Cover the dough with a clean, dry kitchen towel and allow the dough to proof (rest) for 15 minutes.
  7. While the dough is resting, heat 8 cups of water to a gentle boil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Add the bagels to the water in two batches, and for 40 seconds on each side. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and onto your prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each bagel with a generous pinch of coarse sugar and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops of the bagels are golden brown.
  9. To make the whipped cream cheese, add the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar to a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla bean paste and mix until combined. Fold in the crushed chocolate sandwich cookies.
  10. To serve, cut the bagels in half and lightly toast in a toaster (optional). Spread a thick layer of the whipped cream cheese on each half.
  11. Store the cooled bagels in an airtight container or bag for up to 5 days. Or, freeze the bagels in a single layer for up to 3 months.
  1. After several test batches, I believe bread flour to yield the best results. If you don’t have bread flour handy, you can substitute all-purpose flour. 
  2. If you’re unable to locate Red Star Platinum Yeast, their Active Dry and Quick Rise Yeast produce delicious results.
  3. I prefer to make the whipped cream cheese right before serving so the cookies remain crunchy. 
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10 Responses to “Chocolate Bagels with Cookies & Cream Whipped Cream Cheese”

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    So much genius, I can barely handle it. I wish I had one of these for lunch right now!

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    Jennifer | Bake or Break — March 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Oh, my. These look incredible!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — March 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    What a fun and unique idea! Love that you played on the sweetness with that cream cheese- pinning :)

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 24, 2016 at 10:16 am

    What an incredible breakfast treat! My family would go crazy for these!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — March 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I am a firm believer in chocolate for breakfast!!  These chocolate bagels are such a fun idea!

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    Lynne | 365 Days of Baking and More — March 28, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Chocolate bagels – this is genius!  I’ve never made bagels, so I know I’m going to have to start with these. 

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    Cathy Trochelman — March 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Be still my heart……this looks like SUCH a fabulous breakfast!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    what what WHAAAAT??! you’re insane. and genius. and I love you. But I hate you because how am I going to not become a fat fat fatty when these exist??!

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    Marjorie — September 24, 2016 at 11:48 am

    This recipe looks really good, but I have a couple complaints. 
    1. Coarse sugar isn’t listed in the ingredient list, but it is in the instructions (top the bagels with it before baking). I went to the store based on the ingredient list, so now I don’t have coarse sugar if I do want to use it.
    2. Espresso powder is in the ingredient list, but not in the instructions. I assume you just add it to the cocoa powder. 
    3. Wait, when you say this was developed “for” Red Star Yeast, do you mean this post was sponsored by them? If so, you need to disclose that at the top of the page, not the bottom :/

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