Delicious Homemade Pumpernickel Bagels

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Delicious Homemade Pumpernickel Bagels
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
120 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 23, 2023

These homemade pumpernickel bagels are a delightful twist on the classic bagel. With a deep, rich flavor and dense texture, they are perfect for a hearty breakfast or a tasty afternoon snack. Made with a combination of rye flour, whole wheat flour, and cocoa powder, these bagels are bursting with flavor. Top them with your favorite spreads or enjoy them plain! This easy-to-follow recipe will guide you through the process of making your very own pumpernickel bagels from scratch.


  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal (for dusting)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the rye flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, instant yeast, salt, and sugar.
  2. Add the warm water, molasses, and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients. Mix until a rough dough forms.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle it with cornmeal.
  6. Punch down the dough to release the air and divide it into 6 equal pieces.
  7. Shape each piece into a bagel shape by rolling it into a ball and poking a hole through the center with your finger. Stretch the hole to about 2 inches in diameter.
  8. Place the shaped bagels on the prepared baking sheet and let them rise for an additional 30 minutes.
  9. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, carefully drop the bagels into the water, a few at a time, and let them boil for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  10. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the boiled bagels back to the baking sheet.
  11. Sprinkle the tops of the bagels with caraway seeds, if desired.
  12. Bake the bagels in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack before serving. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Pumpernickel bagels are a popular choice in delis and bakeries across America.
  • The dark color of pumpernickel bread comes from the addition of cocoa powder and molasses.
  • Pumpernickel bagels are typically enjoyed with savory toppings like cream cheese, smoked salmon, or pastrami.