Mini Pumpkin Spiced Bagels
You know when Fall hits & everyone goes crazy with pumpkin flavored everything? Well, I am jumping on board too! Haha. I knew that I wanted to use my box of pumpkin spice pudding mix to make these mini bagels. They are so cute & super easy to make thanks to Rhodes frozen rolls!!! Like 3 ingredients easy; well three ingredients for the bagels & a couple more for the cream cheese smear, but this was a fabulous treat to kick off the beginning of Fall. Plus it's a perfect after school snack for your kiddos too.
You will need 12 Frozen Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed & slightly risen (I let mine thaw in the fridge overnight almost 12 hours.) You will also need to combine 1 (3.4oz) box Pumpkin Spice pudding mix, & 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice into a bowl. Reserve 2 Tbsp of the pudding powder mixture for the cream cheese smear.
Push your thumb through the center of each roll. Stretch & shape the rolls to form an even ring with a 1" hole in the center. Place rolls on a prepared baking sheet that's been lined with a silicone baking mat, parchment paper, or has been lightly greased with pan spray.
Bring a large pot filled halfway with water to a boil. Place bagels in the boiling water a few at a time. Boil for 45 seconds. Flip bagels over & boil another 45 seconds. This creates a firm skin on the bagel & a chewy center.
Once the boiling time is up remove bagels from the pot with a slotted spoon & place the bagels one at a time into the bowl of pudding powder. Shake the bowl & gently turn the bagel over, shaking the bowl again to evenly coat the bagel. Carefully shake off excess powder & place the bagels on the prepared baking sheet.
Using a clean spray bottle, lightly spray the bagels with lukewarm water before putting them in the oven. Bake at 400˚F for 15-20 minutes or until the bread is baked through.
To make the pumpkin spice smear, combine the 2 Tbsp of reserved pudding powder & with 8oz of cream cheese & 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Spread over toasted bagels. These are best eaten fresh. Store any extras in a plastic bag. The exterior gets a little sticky after being stored, but they are fine if you toast them before eating. Enjoy!
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