Bagel Bites with Cheddar-Shallot Cream Cheese Recipe
I love this recipe because you can easily make them last minute and no one will guess they are made with pre-made croissant dough! You can cook them in the oven, in the toaster oven or even in your air fryer.
Technical tip: Bring cream cheese to room temperature before tossing with cheddar cheese and green onions. This will save you lumps! Speed up the softening process of the cream cheese by microwave for 15 seconds and stirring. Microwave another 15 seconds if needed and stir until softened at room temperature.
Possibility of exchange: You can make these with any cream cheese topping or bagel seasoning of your choice! Stuff them with sun-dried tomato cream cheese, caper and lox cream cheese, scrambled eggs and bacon, or even classic plain cream cheese. Or, you can make them sweet! Turn them into cinnamon bagels with a cinnamon sugar coating on the outside and maple walnut cream cheese on the inside (just add maple syrup and cream cheese chopped nuts.) You can easily make birthday cake bagels with sprinkles on the outside and a funfetti cream cheese filling. The options are endless! Have fun with it! You can also use premade cookie dough in place of crescent dough.
If using an oven, preheat the oven according to the directions on the dough package, usually to 350 F.
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and green onions. Fold together until fully incorporated.
Lay one of the crescent dough triangles flat on a clean work surface. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on the wider side of the triangle. Lightly press the cheese into the dough, then take the long, skinny end of the triangle and fold it over to the right edge of the triangle. Press the dough together to form a rectangular shaped piece. With a cookie scoop, place about 1 to 1½ tablespoons (which will fit comfortably) of the cream cheese filling in the center. Wrap the edges of the dough around the cream cheese filling, enclosing it completely. Pinch the edges of the dough to make sure there are no openings or holes. Gather the pinched edges at the top of the ball and create a seam (it should look like a soup ball). Press the seam together and flatten it into a ball. Place the bagel bite, seam side down, on a baking sheet. Repeat with all the dough.
Brush each bite of bagel with egg wash. Top with a generous pinch of all the seasoning.
Bake according to package directions, usually 12-15 minutes, or air fry for 9-10 minutes, until bagel bites are golden brown. Enjoy!