Ever since I was a little girl my Mom has always made us bagels this way. I just assumed it was the only way. Until I got older and ordered bagels at various restaurants only to be disappointed by the lack of butter involved. I realize there are far less caloric preparation techniques, however, in my mind this is the only way to make a bagel
Turn your broiler on high.
Take your bagel, cut it in half.
Grab the butter.
Apply generous squares of butter. Place your bagel halves in a foil lined baking pan.
Broil until browned.
Grab the cream cheese.
Ta Da! That took all of 5 minutes and beats the heck out of a toaster