Panera Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

Panera Cinnamon Crunch Bagels We’re talking favorites here today.I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do is to meet a friend for breakfast, brunch or lunch. And our favorite place to meet? It’s usually Panera Bread. With a great selection of salads, soups and sandwiches it’s a no-brainer for brunching or lunching ladies. If we’re meeting for lunch I usually get Panera’s “You Pick Two,” with half a salad and half of one of my favorite sandwiches: either the Smoked Turkey Sandwich or (I hope Panera never removes this from their lineup) the Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT. And of course an iced tea. Always iced tea. They have the best iced tea.

Now, if we’re talking breakfast, brunch, or snack time, it has to be the Cinnamon Crunch Bagel. And of course, an iced tea. The Cinnamon Crunch Bagel has been a favorite of mine for many years. And not just because it’s cinnamon-y and crunchy and oh so delicious, but because they saved my neck years ago.

Let me tell ya how. But shhhh … it’s kind of a secret. Several years ago I found myself in a pinch. It was early one morning on a very cram packed day. I was already out and about running errands, when a friend called to ask what I was taking to the potluck brunch in a couple of hours. Crud. I had totally forgotten all about it. With little time for cooking, I ran into a nearby Panera to see what they may have that would serve a group without costing an arm and a leg (plus, I probably needed some tea). The Cinnamon Crunch Bagels were tried and true, so I decided to get a bunch of those and cut them in half to extend the serving amounts. The helpful Panera lady behind the counter obviously observed my panic, figured out my dilemma, and suggested I get them bread sliced. Wha? Bread slice a bagel? She then ran three (yes, only 3!) Cinnamon Crunch bagels through the bread slicer, which resulted in a crazy amount of slices. Genius! I bought a tub of cream cheese and was off to the brunch just like that. All for less than $10!

True story.

It’s been a handy dandy entertaining option to have in my back pocket ever since. Three Panera bagels, bread sliced go a long way. Just take a look for yourself:

3 Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

Panera Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

3 Cinnamon Crunch Bagels, bread sliced

Panera Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

1 tub of Honey Walnut Cream Cheese

Panera Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

Arrange it all on a platter. (And if you have time to toast first, oh my… do it!) Panera Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

Voila! A quick appetizer or snack to serve a crowd for around $10. The Cinnamon Crunch Bagels (or any of their bagels for that matter) are not just for great for breakfast or brunch. Sliced and served this way would be a perfect addition and accompaniment for tea time, or an evening coffee social. Try it sometime, and see how it works. And, again, if you have time to toast the slices, do it. Yum!

Panera Cinnamon Crunch Bagels

Now that I’ve shared my all-time Panera favorite, I’d like to hear about your favorite AND share how you can win your favorite for a year. That’s a lot of bagels, man. Or cookies, or salad, or sandwiches, or soup. PLUS there’s a chance to win a $100 Panera gift card right here too! I know. So many prizes! There are different sweepstakes/giveaways going on. Let me explain. Right now over at there’s is a lot of fun going on:

Vote for your Panera favorite – MyPanera members can enter for a chance to win it for a year! (There are 5 to choose from, but you can write in a personal favorite too. Visit the Panera Bread Favorites site at to see how it all works.)

While there you can also learn about how to win weekly $25 gift card giveaways by sharing your favorites on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #PaneraFaves. And don’t miss their fun Custom Ode Creator! I did it once (okay, maybe three times, but who’s counting?). You can personalize your own ode and share it too! It’s cute and fun and silly and all things bright and happy.

Panera Bagel Ode

This post was sponsored by Panera. All opinions are my own.

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  1. 4


    What a great idea! I only tried their bagels for the first time a few weeks ago. Blueberry and I thought an apple type, but I don’t see that on their menu. My granddaughter, who is 3, LOVES Panera Bread. She chooses to eat there every time they make a trip to the big city. (We don’t have one in our town.) I’m sure her favorite would be their macaroni and cheese!
    I’m going to tell my daughter about this so she can enter. (I’m not entering, just wanted to share.)

  2. 5

    Kim N says

    Cinnamon crunch bagels with hazelnut spread is my absolute favorite thing ever from panera.

  3. 7

    Bonnie Reed says

    I love their baked egg soufflés, particularly the Spinach and Artichoke Baked Egg Soufflés. Outstading!

  4. 8

    Nicole G says

    I Love all their breads but if I had to pick one the cinnamon raisin bread wins my heart (and taste buds!).

  5. 14

    Heather says

    Cinnamon Crunch Bagels are definitely my favorite thing on the menu. I like their soups and sandwiches, but man those bagels!!

  6. 15

    Simone says

    I love their French Toast bagels! There is something about the cinnamon flavor with honey walnut cream cheese! Another favorite is their whole wheat bagel with the oats on top – mmm!!

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      Gabby says

      So good to know there’s another person out there who enjoys their T&M panini. :)

  7. 29

    kace says

    Favorite Breakfast is by far the cinna crunch bagel & cream cheese.
    Favorite anything else is Broccoli Cheddar in a bread bowl!

  8. 30

    Jada Durden says

    The cinnamon crunch bagel is my fave too! It’s heaven when they have the NY Cheesecake Cream Cheese!!! omg!

  9. 37

    Amy C. says

    My favorite Panera item is the iced sugar cookie, but a close second is the cheese bread. It makes great grilled cheese sandwiches.

  10. 38

    Becky says

    The you pick two makes choosing a little easier, since everything is delicious! A hint for a Panera product that I have used frequently: pick up the Baker’s dozen- 13 bagels + 2 cream cheese – makes a quick box to take by a home where they’ve suffered a death in the family. This is perfect for any hour of the day when relatives are in town or friends drop by to visit.

  11. 39

    Danielle says

    I love creating my own breakfast sandwich with a whole grain bagel, egg, cheese, and avocado. Yummy! Thanks for the great giveaway. We could do some serious damage with $100. :)

  12. 41

    Jamie says

    I have only been to Panera once, they don’t have them near where I live, but I also got a Cinnamon Crunch bagel with the honey walnut cream cheese and toasted the bagel…oh my goodness, I seriously thought I had died and gone to heaven, I crave that ALL the time now!

  13. 48

    Lauren says

    The cinnamon crunch bagels are my favorite too! When someone brings Panera to work I always try to get to them quick and grab the cinnamon crunch before it’s gone!

  14. 49

    Lisa Stover says

    I absolutely love the tomato basil bread! I don’t even need to make a sandwich with it, just slice and eat :)

  15. 50

    Leslie Kiley says

    I really love their salads!!! I could eat them every day. The thai chopped chicken is my favorite. I order it all the time. Yummy!

  16. 53

    Kristy Jensen says

    My favorite thing from Panera is Asian chicken salad for lunch and cinnamon crunch bagel for breakfast.

  17. 55

    Tonia L. says

    Their Cinnamon Crunch bagels and their Asiago Cheese bagels are awesome, but I’ve been known to dream about their Broccoli Cheese Soup Bread Bowls. So I would have to go with that as a fav! :)

  18. 56

    Denise Fedor says

    Chocolate chip bagel, double toasted, with butter and Wild Blueberry cream cheese!

  19. 57

    Sandy Steckler says

    I love their cinnamon crunch bagels but I just recently found out they made muffins too. See how focused my mind is when I walk into their store,I head right to the bagels and that’s it. A neighbor brought over some muffins for shoveling her sidewalk and now, wow…it’s a toss up between the bagel and the muffins

  20. 63

    D Schmidt says

    I actually went to Panera last night and my favorite item is definitely their Thai Chicken Salad, my children love the kids grilled cheese.

  21. 68

    Claudia says

    Okay, I’ve never actually been inside a Panera, but I have had the privilege of eating their cinnamon crunch bagels. So for now, those are my favorite.

  22. 70

    Stacey says

    We are twins – cinnamon crunch bagel and an iced tea! I like mine with plain cream cheese though!

  23. 71

    MaryB says

    Cinnamon raisin bread is my fave but I also love their soups! Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. 77

    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie says

    I love their broc. cheddar soup, but their cookies are really good too!

  25. 84

    Michelle says

    Wow… I was going to say blueberry bagel, but those pictures are making me want to switch to cinnamon crunch :-)

  26. 89

    Emily Meyerl says

    My favorite is the you pick two with half a Mediterranean shrimp couscous salad and half a bowl of chicken noodle soup, AMAZING! honestly though you are better off trying one new thing every time and keeping one of your favs, best part about the pick two!

  27. 90

    Ashley P says

    My favorite is the You Pick Two: chicken noodle soup and a turkey and cheese sandwich on country bread.

  28. 93

    Lana G says

    I love their frozen mochas! I drink them all Summer long. Sometimes I even splurge during Winter and get one, even though it has been SO cold here.

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    Christine M. says

    I feel like a total spaz! I’ve never eaten at a Panera Bread. After reading about the Cinnamon Bagel Crunch and all the other commenters favorites, I will definitely try them out!

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    Jeffrey says

    I love Panera’s Sourdough Soup Bowls, well their sourdough in general. The flavor and texture is just plain awesome!

  31. 103

    nicematters says

    Chicken Cobb Salad with extra avocado. For my three year old who must share. Dressing on the side. Perfect!!

  32. 105

    Kristen says

    I’ve never eaten there….but I’d like to try the Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich.

  33. 106

    Shannon says

    It’s so hard to pick just one thing. I don’t get it very often but I think my favorite thing is probably their bear claws. Heavenly!

  34. 109

    JulieB says

    My favorite item at Panera is a cheese bagel-yum! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  35. 116

    Rose says

    My favorite Panera Bread item is the Tomato Basil Bread. It has a slightly sweet topping and is delicious on its own or in a sandwich.

  36. 118

    Chrissy R. says

    If I can really only choose one than I guess I have to stick with the mac and cheese. But honestly I have so many faves…

  37. 119

    Sally T. says

    I voted at Panera for the Broccoli Cheese soup~which is just One of my favorites.
    I also really like their fuji apple salad.I know I would love their breads~but can’t eat
    any things with Gluten. :-(

  38. 126

    Kerry C says

    I do not live near a Panera. However, every time I go to Denver (2 or 3 times a year) I stop at Panera to bring home Blueberry Bagels for The Hardworking Husband and Cinnamon Crunch Bagels for me, of course. My life has been changed by your tip of getting them bread sliced. 1 bagel is a little bit too much for me. I have 2 favorites at Panera – cinnamon crunch bagels and bear claws.

  39. 131

    Ellie W says

    I have never eaten there, but would love to try it. I LOVE broccoli cheese soup and would definitely try it first.

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    Melinda says

    I love their Fuji Apple Chicken Salad and their desserts….mmm cookies! :)

  41. 142

    Alyssa says

    The cinnamon crunch bagel with the honey walnut cream cheese is my absolute favorite! I never thought to slice it up like that though… genius! Coming in second would have to be their frontega chicken panini.

  42. 144

    Dana Rodriguez says

    I love everything on their menu!If I am craving something sweet their Pecan Braid is delicious.

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    Everything! :) Broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl is definitely one of my favorites.


  44. 157

    Rebecca Graham says

    I would choose the cinnamon crunch bagel with blueberry cream cheese.

  45. 162

    Melanie says

    My favorites used to be their Frontega Chicken Sandwich and their Steak and Blue Cheese Salad, but now I’m on a liquid diet, probably for the rest of my life, and I can only eat liquid soups. It’s pretty much the only restaurant where I can eat and have variety. But the Broccoli Cheddar Soup is still my favorite! Yum! So delicious!

  46. 163

    Melissa B in IL says

    Tough choice between the chicken and wild rice soup or the cherry vanilla bagels (during breast cancer awareness month)

  47. 168

    JoeyfromSC says

    I love their apple chicken salad! I love your idea about the, so impressive & looks delicious!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. 180

    Margot C says

    I like having Chipotle Chicken Panini and Broccoli Cheddar Soup on the You Pick 2 at Panera Bread

  49. 182

    Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    Great minds think alike! My favorite is the Cinnamon Crunch Bagel with Honey Walnut Spread 😉
    I’ve been sharing my odes and PaneraFaves.

  50. 184

    LAMusing says

    I’ve never eaten there, but the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad sounds really good. And I want that bagel!

  51. 200

    wild orchid says

    My favorite meal at Panera is the pick two – greek salad with chicken and brocolli and cheddar soup.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  52. 203

    Cori Westphal says

    Everything is so good! I like the Tomato and Mozzarella Panini best though!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  53. 205

    Wen says

    I like the Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich. The desserts are too good to single out one.

  54. 213

    Teresa P says

    If I could only choose one … I’d have to go with the black bean soup. It’s delicious!

  55. 216

    Natalie says

    My favorite Panera item has to be the cinnamon crunch bagel topped with strawberry jam or jelly. It is sweet, fluffy, and the perfect way to start the day!

  56. 219

    Denise S says

    I’ve never been there, but I want to try the Broccoli Cheddar Soup.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  57. 229

    Sarah L says

    I like their Broccoli Cheddar Soup, but not in a bread bowl. Tried that once and it was a waste of good bread.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    ELIZABETH C. says

    My pick has always been the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. 9 out of 10 times, thats what I choose. I just recently tried the onion soup. Yum !

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    That is pure genius!!!

    The cinnamon crunch bagels are my favorite but I always feel guilty eating them because they’re giant and covered in sugar. But having them bread sliced is the perfect solution!!!

    I seriously had no idea you could ask them to bread slice stuff besides bread.

  60. 249

    Deborah Wellenstein says

    Its hard to go with only one favorite! Here goes: My favorite item at Panera is their wonderful Cinnamon Crunch Bagel.

  61. 252

    Stephanie Galbraith says

    I have not eaten anything from there before, but I would be interested to try the Spinach & Bacon Baked Egg Soufflé.

  62. 255

    Theron Willis says

    I like Panera’s Mac & Cheese as an American classic that I associate with fond childhood memories.

    Hope to win!

  63. 256

    Elle says

    I love the Napa Almond Chicken Salad sandwich at Panera. I get it almost every time that I go there. It’s so delicious.

  64. 258

    mickeyfan says

    Let’s say I’ve never had anything there that I didn’t like, but I love the soups (all of them) and the chocolate pastry.

  65. 263

    Crystal F says

    I’ve never eaten there but I voted for the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. It looks super yummy! Thank you!

  66. 271

    Suzanna Pickering says

    Panera Bread -the Scones i just love and those Asiago Cheese bagels so good

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    Lorena Keech says

    I love the broccoli cheddar soup, largely because of the great bread bowl.

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    Lynn Harasym says

    Hands down…my favorite bread at Panera is a toasted Cinnamon Crunch Bagel with cream cheese!

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    Carolyn Daley says

    If I could only choose one item from the top 5 list it would be the cinnamon crunch bagel. If I could choose any item on the overall menu it would definitely be the chocolate pastry.

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    Betty C says

    I voted for the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad because I really like it but my favorite item is the Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich.

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