Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese – a simple 3-ingredient appetizer that will blow you away! Enjoy with a crowd of friends!

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Well well well well well. What have we here? To my hungry eyes, this looks like bacon-wrapped dates: soft, sweet Medjool dates stuffed with creamy, tangy goat cheese wrapped in salty, smoky bacon and baked to crispy-soft perfection.

Years ago I decided to start a dinner club. I invited a few friends over for dinner, and we all made or brought something delicious and then got overly personal in the best way by talking for hours through dinner and drinks and dessert, and then I invited everyone to do it all over again the next month. Repeat x forever because I love it that much. If you’ve ever thought about doing something like this, let me just say: now is your time. Invite, eat, connect, and be glad you did it. ♡

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Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese on a toothpick.

Why Bacon Wrapped Dates Are So Good

One of my friends brought these bacon-wrapped dates as an appetizer during our very first DCM –> dinner club meeting –> because sometimes life is hard and I can’t be more creative than that with a dinner club name. Come on, you guys, just GIVE ME A BREAK.

We all bellied up to the peninsula in our old kitchen and she unwrapped the foil from the Bacon-Wrapped Date plate and BAM. They disappeared. So awesome, so alarming, and so right.

The soft, melty goat cheese inside the warm, plumped up date (how much do you like it when I say plumped up date? mixed feelings here) wrapped in the little bite-sized pieces of bacon was the absolute perfect three-way combo for our food-cray group of girls.

Obsessed doesn’t even touch it.

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese on toothpicks.

Just Three Ingredients

Now what I want you to do is this: go to the store and pick up these three ingredients:

Make these bacon-wrapped dates and try them. I KNOW, RIGHT?! SO GOOD, RIGHT?! and now share them // try to share them // think about sharing them while sitting on the couch enjoying your bacon-wrapped date appetizer party.

White hand filling date with goat cheese using a butter knife.

It’s a Salty/Sweet Food Love Affair

Salty from the bacon, deliciously sweet from the dates, and creamy and tangy from the goat cheese.

The combo of all three: MIND-BLOWING.

Since learning to make these, they have been made approximately one bajillion and one times – for dinner club, for date night, for holiday parties, for sitting on the couch on a Friday night.

They’re so ridiculously easy while also being the most fancy-looking snack. Just what we like to see in the hustle and bustle of holidays and also LIFE.

Your salty-sweet, melty-cheese loving mouth is going to love them like whoa.

White hand wrapping bacon around a date.
White hand sticking toothpick into date wrapped with bacon and stuffed with goat cheese.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese on toothpicks.

Kitchen Hack Ahead

Okay, pause. This is my sideways baking trick.

Basically what this is is me dealing with my annoyance about the bottoms of these little guys getting crispy-bacon while the sides stay chewy-bacon. It’s not evenly cooked and it’s not okay.

So my solution: stick a toothpick in each one and then use the toothpick to turn the Bacon Wrapped Dates every so often so that they get cooked on every side.

Crispy-bacon all around makes for a better party anyway.

Bacon-wrapped dates on a plate with toothpicks in the dates.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese: FAQs

How do I get my bacon extra crispy?

First: check out the toothpick hack above. For crispier, browned bacon, set the oven temperature at 375. For crispier bacon, bake longer. Keep leftovers in the fridge.

My bacon didn’t cook. What did I do wrong?

Usually, my bacon pieces wrap around the dates 1.5 times. If it’s wrapping more than twice around the date, trim your bacon slices so they’re a little shorter. If that bacon layer is too thick, it won’t cook.

How did you make that glaze in the video?

Take these to the next level by putting a little honey bourbon glaze on top. Just mix about 1/4 cup of honey with 1 tablespoon of bourbon and brush the mixture on the dates when they come right out of the oven. 


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Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese – a simple 3-ingredient appetizer that will blow you away! Enjoy with a crowd of friends!


Nutrition information is for two bacon-wrapped dates.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: bacon-wrapped dates, goat cheese dates, bacon and goat cheese, date recipe

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