Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (2024)

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By: Becky Hardin

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These Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese are one tasty appetizer! Everyone loves a good bacon wrapped recipe, and these dates are out of this world. They’re perfect for game day and New Year’s Eve!

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Why We Love This Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

I never get tired of bacon wrapped recipes. It’s such a simple idea: wrap basically anything in bacon, bake it, and everyone will love it! It makes for the perfect party appetizer, and they’re especially great for game day and New Year’s Eve. The mix of crispy bacon, sweet caramelized sugar on the outside, and creamy goat cheese in the middle is so delicious!

Variations on Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

You can stuff these dates with other soft cheeses, like blue cheese, cream cheese, or ricotta. Other nuts that pair well with dates include walnuts and almonds.

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How to Store and Reheat

If you happen to have some leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days just fine. You can also make these ahead of time and just keep them in the fridge until they’re ready to be eaten. Reheat them in the oven for about 10 minutes (or until fully heated through) at 375°F.

How to Freeze

Freeze bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese in a single layer on a lined baking sheet until solid, about 1-2 hours. Transfer to an airtight container or Ziplock bag to store for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these tasty bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese with a drizzle of balsamic glaze to really make their flavor pop! Use any leftover dates to make some walnut brownie protein balls or sticky toffee pudding cake for dessert.

How do you pit dates for stuffing?

You’ll need to remove the pit from the date to stuff them. To remove the pit, use a small paring knife to cut about halfway through (lengthwise), then take the pit out.

What kind of cheese goes with dates?

I love the contrast of tangy goat cheese against the sweet, caramelly dates. Other good choices include blue cheese or cream cheese!

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More Bacon Wrapped Recipes To Try

  • Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Dijon
  • Bacon Wrapped Crackers Appetizer
  • Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe
  • Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Appetizer
  • Bacon Wrapped Pineapple with Brown Sugar

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Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe with Goat Cheese

4.62 from 54 votes

Author: Becky Hardin

Prep: 20 minutes minutes

Cook: 10 minutes minutes

Total: 30 minutes minutes

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Serves18 dates

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This Bacon Wrapped Dates recipe is the PERFECT appetizer for game day and holidays! Dates wrapped in bacon and stuffed with goat cheese and pecans. Yum!

Step-by-step photos can be seen below the recipe card.

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Ingredients

  • 18 fresh Medjool dates pitted
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 18 raw pecan halves
  • 9 slices bacon halved crosswise
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and set the oven rack to middle position. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

  • Open the dates lengthwise where they have been opened to remove the pits. If a date isn’t easy to open, slice it lengthwise but not all the way through.

    18 fresh Medjool dates

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  • With a small spoon, partially fill the cavity of both sides of the date with goat cheese.

    4 ounces goat cheese

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  • For each date, place a pecan half in the middle of one side and press the sides together to close the date.

    18 raw pecan halves

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  • Wrap each date with half a slice of bacon (see note) and secure it with a toothpick.

    9 slices bacon

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  • Holding the toothpick, dip each prepared date in brown sugar and press the brown sugar all around the date.

    ¼ cup dark brown sugar

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  • Place the date on the prepared baking sheet and repeat until all dates have been filled.

  • Bake the dates at 375°F for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the dates over. Bake an additional 8 minutes. To caramelize the brown sugar on the dates, set the oven to broil and broil the dates about 1 minute per side. Watch the dates closely once the dates are under the broiler.

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  • Remove the pan to a cooling rack and set the dates on a plate to cool to touch.

  • The dates can be served as is or, if a smaller bite is desired, cut each date into 3-4 slices and serve as “pinwheels”.

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Becky’s tips

Yield: This recipe makes 18 whole dates or 54-72 pinwheels.

  • Note: The bacon will crisp better if wrapped around the date in one layer. Trim the bacon only long enough to wrap around once with just enough overlap to secure the toothpick through the bacon. If the bacon is too thick, it won’t crisp properly.
  • This recipe uses fresh Medjool Dates, not the dried kind you find in the baking or snack section.
  • You might be able to find dates at the store that are already pitted, but if not, it’s really easy to remove the pit yourself.

Storage:Store bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1whole date Calories: 123kcal (6%) Carbohydrates: 21g (7%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 4g (6%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0.01g Cholesterol: 7mg (2%) Sodium: 91mg (4%) Potassium: 198mg (6%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 19g (21%) Vitamin A: 103IU (2%) Vitamin C: 0.02mg Calcium: 28mg (3%) Iron: 0.4mg (2%)

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How to Make Bacon Wrapped Dates Step by Step

Pit the Dates: Preheat your oven to 375°F and set the oven rack to middle position. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Open each of the 18 fresh Medjool dates lengthwise where they have been opened to remove the pits. If a date isn’t easy to open, slice it lengthwise but not all the way through.

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Stuff with Cheese: With a small spoon, partially fill the cavity of both sides of the date with a portion of 4 ounces of goat cheese.

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Add a Pecan Half: For each date, place a pecan half in the middle of one side and press the sides together to close the date.

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Wrap with Bacon: Wrap each date with half a slice of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.

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Coat in Sugar: Holding the toothpick, dip each prepared date in ¼ cup of dark brown sugar and press the brown sugar all around the date. Place the date on the prepared baking sheet and repeat until all dates have been filled.

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Bake the Dates: Bake the dates at 375°F for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the dates over. Bake an additional 8 minutes. To caramelize the brown sugar on the dates, set the oven to broil and broil the dates for about 1 minute per side. Watch the dates closely once the dates are under the broiler.

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Cut and Serve: Remove the pan to a cooling rack and set the dates on a plate to cool to the touch. The dates can be served as is or, if a smaller bite is desired, cut each date into 3-4 slices and serve as “pinwheels”.

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