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When you are tasked with showing up to the holiday get-together, bring these Bacon-Wrapped Dates that are sure to be the star of the show.

These small nibbles combine the sweet taste of dates with the smoky flavors of Hempler’s bacon, creating an appetizer that will leave your guests craving more. The best part? You only need three ingredients!

Whether hosting a casual family gathering or an elevated holiday celebration, this easy-to-make yet impressive dish will be a crowd-pleaser at your holiday spread.


1 package Hempler’s Center Cut Bacon
16 dates
4 ounces goat cheese
Hot honey - optional

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove the pit.

Using a spoon, stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close.

Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.

Arrange evenly on a baking sheet with raised edges and bake for 10 minutes. Flip the dates with tongs and bake for another 5 minutes until browned to your liking. Flip the dates on last time and bake for 5 minutes or until the bacon is nice and crispy.

Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel-lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

If you are feeling spicy - drizzle with hot honey before serving.