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The Internet Is Loving "Air-Fried Bagels" These Days, So To Understand The Hype, I Tried It Myself — To Be Honest, It Genuinely Surprised Me

Hope you like your cream cheese puffy.

Hello, there. I’m Shelby, and like many other millennials before me, I finally broke down and bought an air fryer (a Ninja Digital Air Fry Countertop Oven, to be exact). And lemme tell you, I haven’t looked back.


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Leftover pizza? Air fryer. Veggies? Air fryer. Pretty much anything I’m too lazy to cook in the actual oven? Air fryer.

In the video, which has been viewed over 11 MILLION TIMES, @whatsmomcookin — whose real name is Carman — slathers her bagels in cream cheese, throws on a dash of cinnamon, and pops them in the air fryer.


What emerges looks like two disks of crispy, crunchy, gooey deliciousness.

Then she tops them with some honey, and voilà!


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Carman explained to BuzzFeed that she’s been developing recipes and sharing them on TikTok for about a year and a half. One day she decided to try putting her bagels in the air fryer, and she loved it. “I had been eating them every day for about a week when I decided to do the video,” she said.

I just so happened to have all the necessary ingredients on hand, so I decided to try out the recipe for myself.


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Note: Carman seemed to use plain bagels in her video, but I only had cinnamon raisin bagels. I figured it went well with the cinnamony theme, so that’s what I used! Plus, I feel like this will work with any kind of bagel you’d like to try.

Also, I used whipped cream cheese from Trader Joe’s, so results may vary if you decide to use traditional cream cheese.

Carman didn’t give any specific measurements for the recipe, so I basically went with what my heart told me for the amount of cream cheese. Once the bagels were sufficiently covered, I popped them in the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for five minutes*.


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*I used this temp and cooking time because that’s what Carman said she used, but she also made a point to say that all air fryers cook differently, so this could vary based on the kind you own.

When my bagels emerged, they looked A LOT more burnt than Carman’s, and I realized I forgot to put the cinnamon on beforehand! Rookie mistake.


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