I promise I am not obsessed with candy canes. Really, I promise.
I just happened to be obsessed with Christmas, that’s all.
Before we moved to Colorado, we lived in a normal civilized town were kids go to school (like all day 7:45-3:15), malls within 15 miles, and Einstein Bagels. The last Christmas we were in Ohio we discovered the ‘Holiday Candy Cane Bagels”. We ordered a whole 3 dozen for our big Christmas Eve party…….. OMG, covered in butter and salt these things were good! Not to mention adorable and so festive!
My family loves bagels. My younger brother Kai, who is 17 could survive of Einsteins Sesame Seed Bagels. No seriously, he eats them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, he LOVES his bagels! So we’d order those cuties up and eat them with our annual beef tenderloin dinner on Christmas Eve.
They were a hit! I mean how could they not be? Bagels, butter, salt, candy canes, what is not to love? I am pretty sure the bagels were the best food at the party!
So, the next Christmas we were in Colorado. The closest Einsteins was in Denver……2 hours away. We. Were. Sad.
I got on the internet found a simple bagel recipe, changed a few things, added some red to the dough and twisted them up into candy canes! Fit for our Christmas Eve feast! Man they are good! Dare I say better than Einsteins? They definitely put a smile on my face!
And even though we do now have an Einsteins up here in our mountain town (Yay! Kai is back to eating more than his weight in bagels!) I will still be making these this Christmas Eve! It has become a tradition and I have a jolly old-time doing it anyway! Plus, they really are just so good! Homemade is always better. Smear them with cream cheese for breakfast, top with some cheese and egg, make a candy cane bagel sandwich or just slab on some butter and eat them with dinner!
Another option? Straight out the oven, because everything taste better right out of the oven!