Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon

LAST UPDATED: Nov 16, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Nov 13, 2020 | By:

These bacon wrapped dates are stuffed with decadent cream cheese… it’s the ultimate combination of sweet and savory flavors. Textural, creamy and oh-so-delicious, you’re going to love this incredible appetizer!

Stuffed dates are one of the easiest hors d’oeuvres you can make, while still creating an incredible presentation and experience.

A white oval baking dish filled with dates wrapped in bacon, toothpicks in each one.

Now more than ever we’re serving individual, bite-sized eats. As a former caterer and event planner I’ve trained my entire career for this!

I’ve always enjoyed serving individual portions because I, myself love to try a bite of everything! You can make a meal of these incredible Stuffed Dates or serve them as part of an array of appetizers.

There’s just something about the sweet, delicate dates when combined with a crispy, salty crunch of bacon on the exterior. Load them up with cream cheese and you’ve got a memorable hors d’oeuvre everyone will love!

They’re quick and easy to make – no cooking skills required! Just stuff, wrap, bake and drizzle!

A single stuffed date on a white plate with a toothpick.

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These sweet and salty bite sized hors d’oeuvres are so incredible, I dare you to try and stop at just one!

An individual stuffed date with a toothpick on a white plate, baking dish in background.

Ingredients

  • Dates – Medjool dates, found in the produce section of the grocery store, are best for this recipe.
  • Cream CheeseSoftened cream cheese is easy to spread and adds a creamy texture and flavor in each bite! You can also use whipped cream cheese.
  • Bacon – Center cut is preferred, but you can use your favorite bacon including turkey bacon, smoked bacon, etc.
  • Balsamic Glaze – Balsamic glaze is a reduced balsamic vinegar that turns into a sweetened sauce and adds great flavor. You can drizzle with honey if you prefer.
A marble surface with ingredients for bacon wrapped dates.

Variations

  • Spice it Up – Add half of a diced jalapeño to the cream cheese.
  • Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates – Simply substitute cream cheese for goat cheese.
  • Add Protein – Add almonds or walnuts to the cream cheese stuffing or replace cream cheese with peanut butter for peanut butter stuffed dates!

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Dates

  1. Prep – Preheat oven.
  2. Pit Dates – Slice in half longways halfway through. Use a knife or spoon to remove the pit.
  3. Stuff – Using a teaspoon or knife, fill date with cream cheese.
  4. Wrap – Wrap bacon and use a pick to secure. An oval baking dish filled with bacon wrapped dates before baking.
  5. Bake
  6. Drizzle – Top with balsamic glaze.

Make Ahead

  1. Pit, Stuff and Wrap.
  2. Refrigerate up to a day in advance.
  3. Bake as directed when ready to serve and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
A single stuffed date on a white plate with a toothpick.

Serving Suggestions

  • Drizzle with more glaze or even honey for another layer of sweetness.
  • I love using individual bamboo toothpicks for the perfect way to grab these!

Tips

  • Use thin sliced bacon
  • For extra crunchy bacon, consider par-baking the bacon first. You’ll simply lay it out on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees. The became remains soft enough to wrap around your dates, but ensures a crispier exterior.
  • Soften cream cheese – it makes it easier to spread.
  • Make them ahead! Stuff and wrap your dates up to 24 hours in advance and simply bake prior to serving.
An individual stuffed date with a toothpick on a white plate, baking dish in background.
What kind of dates are best for stuffed dates?

Medjool dates found in the produce section of the grocery store are great for this stuffed dates recipe!

How healthy are dates?

Dates are so good for you! They are rich in polyphenols, which are known to be important for digestion, diabetes management and even preventing certain cancers.

How do you pit dates?

You can sometimes find pitted dates at the grocery store, which makes life so much easier! However, if you need to pit the dates yourself, carefully slice the date lengthwise with a small knife. Ideally, you’ll hit the pit but won’t slice the date all the way through. Gently open the date with your fingers while you pry the pit out of the center. It takes a little practice, but the results are worthwhile!

A pan full of baked bacon wrapped dates.

How to Store Stuffed Dates

  • Refrigerate – make ahead and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking and serving. These can be kept in an airtight container for up to three days in the refrigerator, and reheated in the oven or microwave.
  • Freeze – You can flash freeze these bacon wrapped dates, wrapped airtight in the freezer, for up to three months. Simply defrost in the refrigerator for 24 hours before baking and serving.

How to Serve

  • Serve in Baking Dish
  • Arrange on a Platter
  • Passed
A white oval baking dish filled with dates wrapped in bacon, toothpicks in each one.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
A date wrapped in bacon with a toothpick on a white surface.

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More Easy Appetizers

Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon

Julie Blanner
These bacon wrapped dates are stuffed with decadent cream cheese… it's the ultimate combination of sweet and savory flavors. Textural, creamy and oh-so-delicious, you're going to love this incredible appetizer!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 dates
  • 8 slices bacon sliced in half
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Slice dates in half, halfway through, and remove pit.
  • Using a teaspoon, stuff date with cream cheese.
  • Wrap with a half slice of bacon and secure using a pick.
  • Add to baking dish and bake 30 minutes.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve.

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Notes

Tips

  • Use thin sliced bacon
  • For extra crunchy bacon, consider par-baking the bacon first. You’ll simply lay it out on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees. The became remains soft enough to wrap around your dates, but ensures a crispier exterior.
  • Soften cream cheese – it makes it easier to spread.
  • Make them ahead! Stuff and wrap your dates up to 24 hours in advance and simply bake prior to serving.

How to Store

  • Refrigerate – make ahead and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking and serving. These can be kept in an airtight container for up to three days in the refrigerator, and reheated in the oven or microwave.
  • Freeze – You can flash freeze these bacon wrapped dates, wrapped airtight in the freezer, for up to three months. Simply defrost in the refrigerator for 24 hours before baking and serving.

Nutrition

Calories:93kcalCarbohydrates:7gProtein:2gFat:7gSaturated Fat:3gCholesterol:15mgSodium:96mgPotassium:77mgFiber:1gSugar:5gVitamin A:99IUCalcium:10mgIron:1mg
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