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Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Bacon wrapped dates are a great combination of sweet and salty. Made with just two or three ingredients and a few minutes, this simple appetizer is always a huge hit at parties. Sweet dried dates are stuffed with goat cheese (optional) and wrapped in bacon before being baked. A great kid friendly appetizer.

These bacon wrapped dates are an easy 2-ingredient snack that is so easy and so delicious!
bacon wrapped dates on white platter
bacon wrapped dates on white platter

This easy appetizer is a quick go-to recipe that everyone will love. It is a perfect addition to holiday get togethers and kid friendly charcuterie boards.

The sweet and salty combination of bacon and dates is perfect for kids and adults alike! For an extra foodie flavor, add some goat cheese to the dates before you wrap in bacon. These are so delicious.

Try these other great easy appetizer recipes:

hand holding toothpick with bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, platter with more behind

Ingredients needed:

You only need a few ingredients for this recipe! For the full amounts, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below.

  • Bacon – You will want to buy a really high quality bacon here. You want a medium cut bacon – too thick and it won’t crisp up, and too thin and it doesn’t cover well. I really like the flavor that a maple bacon gives, but applewood smoked bacon is also great.
  • Dates – You want to use a good quality Medjool date – they have the best size, flavor, and texture. Note whether or not the dates have been pitted when you buy them. If they still have the pits you will need to remove them before baking.
  • Goat Cheese (Optional) – This is entirely optional, but makes a really good addition! The creamy slightly tangy flavor of the goat cheese pairs perfectly with the sweet and savory flavors. You can omit this, or use cream cheese.
labeled ingredients for bacon wrapped dates

How to make bacon wrapped dates

This recipe is simple to make! For the full set of directions, please scroll down to the recipe card below. This is just a general overview on how to make it to help you plan.

  1. Preheat the oven and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to make an opening, and remove the pit.
  3. Cut the bacon slices in half.
  4. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Arrange evenly on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Turn each date over. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes or until the bacon is crisped but not burnt.
  7. Remove from the oven and place on a paper towel to drain and cool for 5-10 minutes before seeing.

TIP: The bacon should wrap about the date about 2 full times. If you get much more than that on, the bacon won’t crisp up on the oven. Use a pair of kitchen shears to trim off excess bacon.

Storage Information

These are best when eaten hot and crispy straight from the oven. But they are also great when eaten warm. And amazingly, they are also great cold straight from the fridge. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Eat cold or warm in the microwave.

How these are kid friendly

Bacon wrapped dates are a great kid friendly appetizer because they are both slightly sweet and wrapped in bacon!

  • Because they are so simple to make, they are a great recipe for kids to help with! Kids of all ages can help make these dates.
  • Once your kids are a fan of plain bacon wrapped date, try stuffing them! If your kiddos are not a fan of goat cheese, start with something milder like cream cheese. You can then move up to goat cheese or even feta cheese.

If you are looking for more sophisticated but kid friendly appetizers, you have got to try garlic parmesan wings! They are so easy but so delicious!

white platter with bacon wrapped dates piled on

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bacon wrapped dates on white platter

Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

These bacon wrapped dates are an easy 2-ingredient snack that is so easy and so delicious!
4.34 from 3 votes
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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Jenni


  • 8 oz dried Medjol dates pitted
  • 12 oz maple bacon
  • 8 oz goat cheese optional


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • If the dates are not pre-pitted, you will need to carefully slice into the date to remove the pit. Do not cut all the way through.
  • Optional: Stuff each date with goat cheese.
  • Cut the bacon strips in half.
  • Wrap each half around a date and secure with toothpick.
  • Place on a baking sheet (use one with rims to catch the bacon grease) lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, turning the dates over halfway through, or until the bacon is golden brown.
  • Cool 5-10 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge and reheated in the microwave, although they won’t have the same texture.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 955mg | Sugar: 1g
4.34 from 3 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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