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3-Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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3-Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Dates -- easy to make, stuffed with blue cheese, and always a crowd favorite! |

Happy Friday, friends!!

In honor of the Labor Day and the glorious 3-day weekend ahead, I thought we could revisit one of my all-time favorite old recipes on the blog that doesn’t require a lot of labor. And guess what — also happens to have 3 ingredients! (Hey, you all know how much I love a well-themed recipe.)  :)

Heck yeah, you’d better believe I’m talkin’ bacon-wrapped dates.

I imagine most of you have probably already discovered the deliciousness that is this recipe. But just in case you haven’t, I feel like this would be the perfect weekend to give it a try. Why? Well it’s ridiculously delicious. But just as important, it’s also ridiculously easy. Just grab a package of dried dates (I actually always keep one in my pantry specifically for this appetizer), your favorite soft cheese (I love blue cheese, but goat or brie or any others will also work), and some mmmbacon. Stuff the cheese in the dates, wrap ’em in bacon, and pop everything in the oven for about 20 minutes. And the result?!

Appetizer magic, I tell you.

Seriously. I’ve served my friends countless appetizers over the years, and hardly any disappear as quickly as these guys at a party. (Which I must admit is sometimes infuriating — why is it that people tend to go most crazy for the insanely-ridiculously-embarrassingly-pulled-it-together-in-20-minutes-before-the-party recipes? Please tell me this happens to some of you!)  Well, either way, I’m thrilled that people love them because I sure as heck love to make them.

I actually just made a batch this past week for a friend’s engagement party. So when I had a few minutes to spare beforehand (thanks to this recipe — what a concept!), I snapped some updated photos to share with you. Let’s wrap up some dates!

3-Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Dates -- easy to make, stuffed with blue cheese, and always a crowd favorite! |

To make these bacon-wrapped dates, begin with a package of dried pitted dates. Use a small paring knife to slice them halfway open…

3-Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Dates -- easy to make, stuffed with blue cheese, and always a crowd favorite! |

…then stuff them with a teaspoon or so of soft cheese.

3-Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Dates -- easy to make, stuffed with blue cheese, and always a crowd favorite! |

Wrap ’em up with 1/3 slice of bacon, and then place them on a greased (or preferably a parchment-covered) rimmed baking sheet. The bacon will definitely release some grease, so be sure that your sheet has rims on the edges.Bacon Wrapped Dates 4

Then poke them with some toothpicks and bake them up until the bacon reaches your desired level of crispy-ness. I recommend turning them once halfway through baking to ensure even crispy-ness on all sides. And if you want really crispy bacon, I recommend partially-frying the bacon (or partially-cooking the bacon in the microwave) beforehand. Still, even with the oven-only method, these usually get pretty crispy.3-Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Dates -- easy to make, stuffed with blue cheese, and always a crowd favorite! |

Then serve them up, and watch ’em disappear like hot cakes. Or maybe we should go ahead and change that saying to bacon-wrapped dates. ;)

Hope that you enjoy them, and I wish all of you a restful Labor Day spent with those you love!


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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 30 dates 1x


This 3-Ingredient Bacon Wrapped Dates recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it’s always a crowd favorite!


  • 1 (8 oz.) package of dried, pitted dates (about 30 dates)
  • 1 (4 oz.) container crumbled blue cheese*
  • 1 (12 oz.) package bacon, with the slices cut into thirds


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Slice the dates along the side so that they open flat for stuffing. Fill the date with about a teaspoon (more or less) of blue cheese, then wrap it with a slice of bacon so that the blue cheese opening is completely sealed and the bacon overlaps underneath. Seal the stuffed date with a toothpick, and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dates.
  3. Bake for 15-25 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked and the cheese is lightly browned, turning the dates halfway through so that they crisp up evenly on all sides. Remove and serve warm.


*Feel free to use any soft or melting cheese for this recipe.  (Ex. goat cheese, gorgonzola, brie, and smoked gouda are all delicious!)

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53 comments on “3-Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Dates”

  1. OH.MY.GOODNESS! How amazing do these look?!?! I love all 3 ingredients and am so happy to find a recipe that uses all of them!

  2. My Mom has been making these since the 80’s. She’s always called them Devils On Horseback. And they are divine! I love your idea about serving them with a red wine reduction though.

  3. Nice manicure on the closeup photo!

  4. Wow! I absolutely have to have these. I wish I’d seen this prior to the Superbowl so I would have an excuse to make them. ;)

  5. You should use fresh dates and prosciutto! So rich and delicious!

  6. Bacon-wrapped dates are always such a big hit with my family, but I had never thought of mixing it up with blue cheese – genius! 

  7. I love bacon wrapped dates! We had them at our wedding during happy hour! I haven’t  heard of stuffing them with Blue cheese, that would be really yummy!

  8. Bacon wrapped dates are amazzzzzing! But can I tell you my secret of what I love even more? Bacon wrapped apricots. Oh-my-gravy they are to die for!!! Just swap out the dates for dried apricots and use goat cheese instead of blue cheese. It’s perfection. Your party will thank you.

    • Oh my gosh, now you’re talking! Thanks for sharing that tip with us, we’re so going to have to try that — yum!

  9. I travel to the Middle East frequently and they have the best dates in hundreds of varieties (the date souk has dozens of vendors selling nothing but dates). I’d be glad to bring you guys some next time I go.

    And any recipe with goat or blue cheese and bacon is a winner!

  10. My mom makes these with goat these and theyre to die for!!

  11. Delicious, I also make a version that uses softened goats cheese, chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honeymixed and used as the stuffing. Often I will wrap in prosciutto or Parma ham and dry fry in a pan. This is a great appetizer with a cheese board and some port at Christmas. 

    • Thanks Emma, and thanks for sharing — that goat cheese, walnuts and honey version sounds amazing! Especially with prosciutto – yum!

  12. These date bites are AMAZING!!!

  13. If you’re up for the extra credit of just one more ingredient, adding some fresh rosemary makes these extra-special. I like to work the rosemary into the cheese before stuffing the dates.

    • Thanks for sharing Kristy, that’s definitely a wonderful suggestion! Rosemary would go great with those other ingredients, good call! :)

  14. I love these and always make them for my Yankee Swap at Christmastime.  Yours look way prettier than mine.  How do you do that?  I use Boursin herbed goat cheese but will try blue cheese next time.  Yum!

    • Thanks Karen! And that Boursin herbed goat cheese sounds fantastic, we’ll have to give that a try sometime!

  15. Would Feta taste okay in these rather than bleu cheese?

  16. I have made these for years.  I substitute the cheese with a pecan.  Easy and delicious!  We always have requests for them.

  17. We’ve always made them stuffed with a raw almond. A little crunch, a little sweet, a little salty…..perfect.

  18. Thanksgiving is at my cabin this year,27 family members so I’m really excited to try the three ingredient appetizer.

  19. Can you substitute another cheese for that?

    Thank you,


    • Hi Gayle! Yes, of course — we think goat cheese would be lovely in this (you can also use cream cheese). We hope you enjoy!

  20. I had these tonight with a port wine reduction and it was fabulous

  21. Super easy and absolutely delicious. Huge hit at my party.

  22. Addy what temperature do you bake these… they sound SCRUMPtious!