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dates wrapped in bacon with toothpick

Bacon Wrapped Dark Chocolate + Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Sweet and savory bacon wrapped dark chocolate + goat cheese stuffed dates make a fun, delicious appetizer to serve a crowd. These little bites have hints of dark chocolate, creamy goat cheese, and crispy bacon. They're guaranteed to impress guests!
Course Appetizer, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Holiday, Nut Free
Keyword stuffed dates
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 120 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1-2 ounces goat cheese
  • 1-2 squares 72% dark chocolate, chopped into pieces (this is optional)
  • 1 (12 ounce) package bacon
  • 20-24 pitted dates
  • For the glaze:
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You’ll want to make sure your baking sheet has some edges, as the bacon does produce lots of grease when cooked.
  2. Split each date in half without breaking them fully apart. Make sure the pit is fully removed and discarded from the date if it already isn’t.
  3. Add a small piece of dark chocolate to your opened date. Spread a small amount of goat cheese mixture inside, and press together to close your date. Repeat with all of your dates.
  4. Next, cut your strips of bacon in half. Take one date and wrap ½ piece of bacon around it. Repeat this step until each date is wrapped in ½ slice of bacon.
  5. Place all bacon-wrapped dates on large baking sheet with the bacon seam side down.
  6. Brush each bacon wrapped date with a little maple syrup. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on each date (use more if you like spicy flavors, and omit or only use a small pinch if you do not like spicy flavors). Stick a toothpick into each date.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then turn date on its side so that the toothpick is parallel to the baking sheet. Bake for 10 more minutes. Then flip dates to other side and bake again for 10 minutes or until bacon is slightly golden brown. Transfer to a plate to cool. Serve immediately. Serves 10, 2 bacon-wrapped dates each.
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Wrapped Dark Chocolate + Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
Amount Per Serving (2 dates)
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.1g9%
Saturated Fat 2.7g17%
Carbohydrates 12.7g4%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 11.9g13%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.