Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Dates

An easy recipe for bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Fontina cheese. Only THREE ingredients and they can be assembled ahead of time. This is a perfect appetizer for any party or holiday!

The original recipe for Fontina-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates was published on August 25, 2009; I have since adjusted how the recipe is made and have updated the photos.

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Dates - Super easy and only THREE ingredients! |

The first time that I made bacon-wrapped dates, I was hugely suspicious of the combination of dates, cheese and bacon. Which is incredibly silly, as I already know how amazing cheese and bacon are together and EVERYONE knows that sweet (dates) and salty to together like peanut butter and jelly. As it turns out, the combination could not be more amazing. Between the soft, sweet dates, the creamy melted cheese and the crisp, salty bacon – it’s pure heaven.

I made this sporadically for awhile, then two years ago, I made them as an appetizer for Thanksgiving the first year that we hosted at our house. Everyone went absolutely CRAZY over them. Like, could not stop eating them and fighting over the last ones, even as dinner was being served. Needless to say, bacon-wrapped dates have become a staple at holidays and family get-togethers.

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Dates - Super easy and only THREE ingredients! |

When I first started making these, I used a smaller piece of bacon and broiled them in the oven. I soon learned that there is no such thing as too much bacon, and using the broiler wasn’t a very reliable way of ensuring that all of the bacon was cooked through. I have since found that baking at a relatively high temperature for a longer period of time ensures that the bacon is cooked completely, and it also sort of caramelizes the bacon grease and melted cheese together underneath the dates. Which… oh my gosh, so, SO good.

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Dates - Super easy and only THREE ingredients! |

One of the things I love most about this bacon-wrapped dates recipe is that you can assemble them up to a day ahead, which is what I do almost every time I make them. I put the pan in the refrigerator overnight and then all I need to do is preheat the oven and pop them in when I’m ready! This is especially helpful on a busy holiday.

Since first having these two years ago, my cousin has made them and taken them to numerous parties, and she always gets the same reaction – people say they never realized how much they like dates.  It’s amazing what a little cheese and bacon can do 🙂

Your party repertoire should definitely include these cheesy bacon-wrapped dates!

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Dates - Super easy and only THREE ingredients! |

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Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

An easy recipe for bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Fontina cheese. Only THREE ingredients and it can be assembled ahead of time! This is a perfect appetizer for any party or holiday!


24 dates, pitted
3 ounces Fontina cheese
12 slices bacon


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Slit the dates open lengthwise, keeping the bottom in tact. Place a sliver of cheese inside each date. Wrap half a piece of bacon around each stuffed date.

3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning the dates halfway through baking, until the cheese bubbling and the bacon is browned and cooked thoroughly. Serve immediately.

Note #1: You can use any type of date, but if you use large Medjool dates, be sure to stuff it with enough cheese to fill it up. If not, the cheese can kind of get lost in there!

Note #2: I do not recommend using thick-crust bacon for this recipe.

(Inspired by The Left Over Queen)


86 Responses to “Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Dates”

  1. Kaytee on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Did you precook your bacon at all or just use it straight from the package?

    This looks delicious!


  2. Michelle on August 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Kaytee – Thank you! I did not precook the bacon at all – just used it straight from the package.


  3. Zaara on August 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    These look AMAZING!! I’m always on the lookout for great appetizers – that are quick – and that don’t require your guests to come to your aid in actually making them (been there, done that , ‘nuf said).
    I louuuvvveee me some Fontina too…


  4. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen on August 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂 Isn’t it just fab?


  5. Michelle on August 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Jenn – Yes, absolutely, totally 100% fab!! Thanks so much for posting it!


  6. pigpigscorner on August 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    This looks amazing with the oozing cheese. I had something similar in a restaurant but they stuffed it with some sort of sweet chutney instead of cheese, they are called devils on horseback.


  7. Rachel 'Tha Pizza Cutta' Joyce on August 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Any date wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese is a great date to me!


  8. elly on August 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I LOVE bacon wrapped dates. These look great.


  9. Divina on August 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    That would be a great appetizer. There’s salty, sweet, something creamy. I love fontina cheese too. I think guests will be blown away by these combination.


  10. anncoo on August 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    This is pretty, you’re so creative 😀


  11. Linda @ tender crumb on August 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    yum, yum yum! One of my fav restaurants, AOC, has amazing bacon-wrapped dates, and these look even better than theirs.


  12. Amy I. on August 26, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I don’t eat pork, but for a split second I considered it… that’s how mouthwatering these look!


  13. Michelle on August 26, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Linda – That’s such a compliment, thank you! You’ll have to make these and let me know how they compare!

    Amy – Wow, thanks! Almost had you, huh? 😉


  14. Hummingbird Appetite on August 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

    They look delicious! I actually just made bacon-wrapped fingerling potatoes.


  15. Mathilde's Cuisine on August 27, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Dates and Bacon always go very well together, very well tought! Bacon goes very well with melon as well. Pour a bit of Porto on it and you have the perfect appetizer


  16. Pam on August 27, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Those little gems looks heavenly!

    Well done!


  17. Theresa on August 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Never had them with the cheese. I like that. Great idea.


  18. Alta on August 27, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Just found fresh dates for the first time ever, and bought them. Now I know what to do with them! If only I can figure out an easy way to pit them…hmm. Maybe I need to suck it up and buy a pitter. These look SO good!


  19. stephchows on August 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

    OH WOW that sounds so amazing!!

    Do you think you are going to the foodbuzz fest in SF?? I think I’m going to go!


  20. Beth on August 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Having been part of the crowd that devoured them, I can vouch for their awesomeness. Thanks for making them, cuz!


  21. Ulala on August 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I love these little bites too. I use Asiago cheese, and applewood bacon, and brush the bacon with paprika before I wrap and BAKE them. A little twist worth trying!


  22. Kerstin on August 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I can see why these disappeared so quickly, they look super tasty! Love the cheese in them too.


  23. Lisa on August 28, 2009 at 9:59 am

    We make these at my restaurant in DC except we stuff them with a mixture of blue cheese, cream cheese and chives. After they’re baked we drizzle a little balsamic glaze on top that’s infused with chai tea (simple syrup with a couple chai tea bags steeped in, then combined with balsamic and reduced by half).


  24. Michelle on August 28, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Lisa – that cheese mixture sounds FABULOUS! And with a balsamic glaze? Bliss! Which restaurant in DC?


  25. Gigi on August 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I’ve made these stuffed with walnut halves and they are also very good. I will try your fontina version. Looks Yummy!


  26. Trent on August 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Had some recently in New Hope, PA stuffed with blue cheese and also topped with a pesto oil.

    Also, I there are so many different kinds of dates (along with prices). Which kind did you use? I’ve found the firmer date is a little better for stuffing than the softer ones.

    I also had better success with pre-cooking the bacon in the microwave for one minute before wrapping to ensure the bacon cooks thoroughly before the date and stuffing starts to burn.

    Thanks for the great article!


  27. obparker on August 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

    These look amazing & I can’t wait to make these. A friend & I used to indulge ourselves with Bacon-wrapped Smoked Oysters. If you like smoked oysters, give it a try some time. Just wrap & broil.


  28. Sarah on August 31, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I made these for a bachelorette party this weekend and they were amazing! These were soo simple to make and I got tons of compliments! I will definitely be making these again soon!


  29. avriesa on August 31, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Came across this recipe by chance and it looks yummy! 😀 Any idea on good bacon replacement? Since i don’t eat pork 🙁 Great recipe though! 🙂


  30. Michelle on September 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Trent — Stuffed dates topped with pesto oil sounds fabulous!

    I used regular pitted dates, bought from a local Italian grocery.

    Thank you for the tip on precooking the bacon, I will definitely try that next time!


  31. Michelle on September 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Sarah – So glad everyone enjoyed these! They’re a great crowd-pleaser, aren’t they? Thanks for stopping back and sharing your results!


  32. Michelle on September 2, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Avriesa – What about substituting turkey bacon?


  33. Liz Marr, MS, RD on October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous flavor combination


  34. Kristin on April 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I have never had a date in my life but I loved the idea of them so I made them the other night. My husband and I had them 2 nights straight!! They are amazing. The only thing is I subsituted turkey bacon for regular bacon because I cant stand regular bacon. They were delicious though!!!!!


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  39. Rebekah on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I made these for a Fat Tuesday party. I used regular old cream cheese, though. I didn’t really care for them (but some of my friends fell in love), and now I have leftover dates to use before they expire.
    They did fulfill my goal of getting everyone to eat something new, so thanks for the recipe!


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  41. Michelle McC. on September 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Hi there Michelle. I have tried several of your recipes, even added my own flare to a couple and I absoultely love everything I’ve made from your recipes. I’m wanting to try this one this weekend, I’ve been looking all over for fontina cheese though and I’m having a hard time. Is there a substitute you could recommend?

    Thanks Michelle!


    • Michelle on September 29th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Michelle, You could really substitute any favorite cheese that melts well – white cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, Gruyere, etc.


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  43. Steph on November 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    These are delicious! I made them for my family at thanksgiving and they were devoured!


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  46. Jennifer Pace on December 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Making these for a Christmas party tonight. Googled “bacon wrapped dates” and this is what I got. A great tapas restaurant in Atlanta used to make these- “Dream Dates”, they were called. It’s since closed, so I’m hoping these are a great substitute. Thanks for the great recipes!


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  50. Jacque on February 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    These were great! People were unsure about trying them but once they did they couldn’t stop. Thanks!


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  55. Connie on June 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Just wondered if there is an Italian name for this wonderful appetizer.


    • Michelle on June 8th, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Hi Connie, Not that I’m aware of… whatever Italian is for “amazingly delicious and addictive”! 🙂


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  63. Soonerlaw89 on March 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

    A hit!! I used the precooked bacon. I put ithem in the oven at 350 for 5 minutes, then turned the broiler on. Cheese was melted without burning the bacon.


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  65. Betti@Stuttgart on May 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I made these for the first time last Friday for a birthday brunch and it was the favorite thing on the buffet. So simple to make, and SO simple to come across as a gourmet chef – teehee! I couldn’t find Fontina cheese, so I used Gouda. Fantastic! I will definitely be making these again, and I won’t give up on the Fontina search. Thanks, Michelle!


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  69. Lexy on April 20, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Where in most grocery would you find FRESH dates? I’ve seen them packaged but I think they might be dried. Thanks. Looks so good and I want to try.


    • Honey on April 20th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      I found them in the produce section. They were in a plastic tub, much like a smaller version of how some lettuces come packaged.


    • Michelle on April 21st, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Lexy, In my grocery store, the fresh dates are sold in the produce section.


  70. Honey on April 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I made these. For my liking, the cheese wasn’t strong enough to offset the sweet of the date. So, I used blue cheese the next time I made them and they were out of this world!


  71. Bella B on September 9, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Bacon makes everyone perfect! I want to try these!

    xoxoBella |


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  73. Sally on September 9, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Hi Michelle! I can highly recommend these, I have been making them since you last posted the recipe! Although I do sometimes swap out the cheese for blanched almonds for my dairy free friends, which is also delicious and maybe slightly less naughty 🙂


  74. Kristin on September 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

    These are also amazing stuffed with goat cheese!


  75. Susan on September 9, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Hi Michelle: When you say to turn the dates half way through, do you mean turn the pan in the oven? or turn the individual dates over? Also, I noticed you answered Trent’s comment about precooking the bacon but did not publish the actual comment; I would like to know about precooking the bacon and if that makes these even crispier.

    Keep up the good work! I love getting your emails every day and especially on Friday when I can see how your beautiful boy has grown each week.


    • Michelle on September 15th, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Susan, Turn the dates over. I would pre-bake if you were only going to broil them. However, baking them for this length of time at a high temperature will get the bacon nice and crispy!


  76. Cate | Chez CateyLou on September 9, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I love bacon wrapped dates, but so often they are stuffed with blue cheese which I can’t stand – so I LOVE that you used fontina in here!! I can’t wait to try that – yum!!


  77. Trish on September 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    YUMYUMYUM! These sound incredible!


  78. Janel from NellieBellie on September 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I was just looking at a pile of dates I have and wondering what on earth I wanted to do with them… score! Thanks for a tasty, tasty recipe!


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  81. Lisa on March 1, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I made these as well as the homemade Cheez-its for an Oscar party on Sunday and they turned out fabulous! Everyone loved them! He best part is how easy they are and yet come off as very sophisticated. Definitely take the advice about not using a bigger “sliver” of cheese. I put as big of a piece as I could manage in each one. These took less than ten minutes to assemble, 15 minutes to cook, and tasted fantastic. They are my new favorite appetizer. Definitely a crowd-pleaser!

    As always, thank you, thank you, thank you, Michelle!


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