Tis the season, and it’s day 8 of my 24 day Christmas recipe posting marathon. This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with Cream Cheese and Almonds is a perfect way to kick off your holiday gathering. Think about it; sweet dates, stuffed with creamy cream cheese and crunchy almonds all wrapped up like a present with crispy smokey bacon. What’s not to love?
To get started, you will need 18 pitted dates. (preferably Medjool) Don’t make the same mistake I did the first time I made these. I put the dates in the refrigerator and they became so stiff I had a hard time opening them enough to stuff the cream cheese and almonds in.
You will also need about 4 oz of cream cheese, cut into 1 by 1/4 inch strips and 18 salted and roasted whole almonds. Plus what else? Bacon, 6 slices of it cut into thirds. Use regular sliced bacon here, not the thick cut.
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Each date has a hole at the top. Widen this hole with your finger and stuff 1 piece of cream cheese and 1 almond into each date. It’s easier to handle your cream cheese if it is very cold. I put the cream cheese in first and then used the almond to stuff it in. Once the stuffing is in, wrap a piece of bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick. I actually doubled this recipe for the picture below. My husband loves these so much, I always have to double the recipe to make sure we have enough for our guests.
Arrange dates seam side down on a wire rack in a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. The aluminum foil with make your clean-up much easier.
Bake 10 minutes or until your bacon starts browning, then turn your dates over and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until your bacon is brown and crispy.
Yum! I hope you love these delicious bite size treats as much as we do!