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Bacon Wrapped Dates

My friend Jan was the hero of the appetizer table when she served these at a BBQ this summer. 
She kindly gave me permission to share it with you.
Somehow wrapping bacon around something elevates the flavours to another level.

  • 30 dates or prunes or both - make sure they are nice plump ones
  • whole almonds - I used blanched ones.
  • 10-12 slices bacon
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup brown sugar
  1. Remove the pit of each date or prune and replace it with a blanched almond.
  2. Cut uncooked bacon slices into thirds. (crosswise)
  3. Wrap each date or prune with a third of a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.*
  4. Place close together in a baking pan and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  5. Bake at 375º for about 30-40 minutes or until bacon is caramelized and crisp.
  6. Remove to platter and serve.
* If you soak the toothpicks in water for a half hour or so before assembling the dates, your toothpicks will not char like mine did.


  1. I used both - half prunes and half dates. And the plate was empty in no time!

  2. Can the prunes and/or dates be eaten at room temperature or are they better warm from the oven?

  3. Hmmm, that sounds interesting. My dad always LOVED stuffed dates (pecan inside and rolled in powdered sugar! YUM). I may hafta try these. Saw a recipe on TV this am for sugared bacon--bacon laid on baking sheet, spread with brown sugar then baked til it would stand up on it's own (think the key was starting it in a cold oven). That sounded good, too!!

  4. I have often thought of making these, but never have. Last night I went to a friends 80th bday, get together. Her daughter brought these. In some she put a cube of Feta as well as the nut. Both were very good. For sure I am making these for our family Christmas Eve snacks


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