These easy Stuffed Dates make for the perfect appetizer for any party and especially around the Holidays! Pitted dates stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in bacon, and drizzled with honey then baked until the bacon is crispy and so flavorful.

This stuffed dates recipe joins our Grape Jelly Meatballs and Jalapeno Poppers as crowd-pleasing finger foods at parties.

Stuffed dates served on a platter

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Stuffed Dates Recipe

If there’s a combination of flavors that pairs savory with sweetness well, these dates would be on the list. The nutty sweet flavor from the dates combined with the mildly tart flavor of goat cheese wrapped in bacon with a hint of honey then and baked until crispy is the perfect combination of unexpected flavors.

The combination of sweet, savory, and creamy is irresistibly good in this stuffed dates recipe.

Though the stuffed dates are great for parties or potlucks, they are equally amazing for an afternoon snack or a road trip snack.

Stuffed Dates wrapped in crispy bacon served with a toothpick

Ingredients for Stuffed Dates

You only need 4 simple ingredients for this easy recipe and it comes together so quickly making it a winning recipe.

  • Medjool dates – We like using Medjool dates as they are large and have that perfect sweetness to them. You can use your favorite dates for this recipe.
  • Goat cheese – Your favorite plain soft goat cheese will work.
  • Bacon – We prefer thin bacon because it gets crispy in the oven faster. Thick-cut bacon will take longer and the dates and filling will end up a little overcooked.
  • Honey – Though honey can be optional, the added drizzle of flavor is welcoming.
Ingredients for stuffed dates.

How to Make Stuffed Dates

  1. Line baking sheet – For easier cleanup, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove pit – Use a pairing knife to slice the dates lengthwise on one side and remove the pit.
  3. Stuff cheese – Generously stuff each date with goat cheese.
  4. Wrap bacon – Wrap the bacon tightly around the date so the ends meet under the date.
  5. Drizzle Honey – Place the dates onto your baking sheet with the bacon seam side down. Drizzle with honey.
  6. Bake – Bake the stuffed dates until the bacon is crispy.

Pro Tip: You can slice bacon into three if you prefer less bacon. In this case, secure the bacon with a toothpick so it doesn’t come undone.

Collage of how to make dates stuffed with goast cheese wrapped in bacon.

Storing & Make-Ahead

We love appetizers that we can make ahead of time like Shrimp Cocktail or Hummus. It makes entertaining that much easier and more relaxed. You’ll love that these stuffed dates keep well.

  • Make-Ahead – These can easily be made one day in advance, covered, and refrigerated. Then just bake before serving.
  • Refrigerate – Store the leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat – To reheat the stuffed dates, bake them in the oven or air fryer until reheated.
Made ahead stuffed dates on baking sheet

Common Questions

Can I make this without bacon?

Yes! You can just skip the bacon and no baking will be required. Just drizzle the honey over the dates and goat cheese.

Can I enjoy them cold?

Though the appetizers are best when served warm, they are just as good if they are served cold.

Are dates healthy?

Dates really are healthy. Their antioxidant properties may help support gut and bone health, and dates are high in nutrients and fiber making them a great treat! They are also the greatest processed sugar substitute because they are naturally sweet.

How do I get extra crispy bacon?

If you are looking for an extra crispy finish to your bacon, just cook them a few minutes longer than indicated.

Do I have to use Medjool dates?

No, you can use your favorite dates, just be sure to pit them before stuffing.

Stuffed Dates on a plate with a jar of honey.

Variations and Substitutions

The stuffed dates are so versatile and may be enjoyed in so many different ways. Here are some different sweet or savory ways you can stuff your dates:

  • Cream cheese instead of goat cheese
  • Peanut butter and almonds
  • Peanut butter stuffed and coated with chocolate
  • Substitute prosciutto for bacon
  • Top or stuff with crushed pistachios or almonds
  • Skip the bacon for a no-bake option

More Appetizers to Enjoy

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates Recipe

5 from 22 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Bacon wrapped stuffed dates on a serving platter
These incredible Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates make for the perfect appetizer or side dish for the Holidays. The dates combined with goat cheese, crispy bacon has so much flavor.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 24 dates
  • 24 Medjool dates
  • 12 slices bacon, regular cut, (not thick-sliced)
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp honey

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a small paring knife, pit and slice the dates in half lengthwise. Stuff dates with goat cheese.
  • Cut bacon strips in half. Wrap bacon around each date and place on the baking sheet with the bacon seam-side-down.
  • Drizzle with honey and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.

Nutrition Per Serving

103kcal Calories20g Carbs3g Protein2g Fat1g Saturated Fat0.3g Polyunsaturated Fat1g Monounsaturated Fat0.01g Trans Fat6mg Cholesterol85mg Sodium189mg Potassium2g Fiber17g Sugar86IU Vitamin A0.01mg Vitamin C23mg Calcium0.4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
103
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
6
mg
2
%
Sodium
 
85
mg
4
%
Potassium
 
189
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
20
g
7
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
86
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
0.01
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
23
mg
2
%
Iron
 
0.4
mg
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stuffed dates
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 103

Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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Comments

  • consuelo
    August 18, 2023

    hello valentina, do you slice the bacon in half crosswise or lengthwise?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 18, 2023

      Hi Consuelo, these are cut crosswise just to make the baked long enough to wrap the date.

      Reply

  • Toni
    April 8, 2023

    Wished to have seen a video. I’m better at visualize instructions

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 8, 2023

      Thank you for that feedback Toni!

      Reply

  • lila
    February 8, 2023

    Do you think cream cheese instead of goat cheese would be good?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 8, 2023

      Hi Lila, that will work, please see the “Variations and Substitutions” note in the recipe post. I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Debbie
    December 24, 2022

    Made these for my family and they loved them (and they don’t like dates!)

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 24, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Debbie! I’m so glad they loved them.

      Reply

  • Michelle
    December 18, 2022

    Made these for my daughter’s & son in laws Christmas Party. They were delicious!!!! Will be making them again and again. Thank you for your great recipes and video’s. I have made several of your recipes over the years. Keep it up!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 19, 2022

      That’s wonderful! Thank you for the wonderful feedback and support!

      Reply

  • Michelle
    December 18, 2022

    Made these for my daughter’s & son in laws Christmas Party. They were delicious!!!! Will be making them again and again. Thank you for your great recipes and video’s.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 19, 2022

      Hi Michelle! I’m so glad they were a hit! Thank you for sharing!

      Reply

  • Rosita
    December 16, 2022

    I have been making stuffed dates with blue cheese for many parties, and they always were the first to go. I will try this recipe with bacon, but with blue cheese. Will report.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 16, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Chase Gregory
    December 15, 2022

    Love this idea… I’ve done smoked sweet peppers stuffed goat cheese, wrapped in prosciutto and then coated with a red pepper jelly and they were amazing and a big hit at Thanksgiving. I will be trying these this weekend!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 15, 2022

      I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Melissa
    December 15, 2022

    Delicious – they made a wonderful appetizer. We made your recipe for a Christmas party last week. It was a hit!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 15, 2022

      I’m so glad you love it!

      Reply

  • Olivia
    December 13, 2022

    So many yummy flavors in this recipe! I made them for a get-together and they went so fast!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 14, 2022

      Great to hear that the recipe was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • jess
    December 13, 2022

    so freaking delicious! the goat cheese, the bacon, the date, they all mix so well together and I love this recipe so much, thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 13, 2022

      I’m so glad you loved it, Jess! Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

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