A simple appetizer bursting with layers of flavor.

Brown Sugar Bacon & Date Appetizer

Until a couple of years ago, my experience with dates was limited to lara bars and these amaing, mystery, powdered sugar coated, “date balls” my aunt and Grandma made around Christmas time. I didn’t know what dates really were, where they came from, or even what they looked like.

My first experience of eating an actual pitted date was at one of my wife’s family’s holiday parties. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, we weren’t very “food cultured” growing up. We all loved food, but we stuck to what we knew!

Anyways, I digress. I saw two variations of these large raisin looking things (that I now know are dates), one filled with cream cheese, and the other, bacon wrapped.


I tried both the dates and they were both great. A new experience, for sure, but I enjoyed their mild sweetness, chewy texture, and ingredients they were coupled with. After reading up on their health benefits I was on the date train. 
I figured combing the two original variations of dates I had would compliment each other well, and upon research, saw that dates, cream cheese, and bacon are commonly combined. 
I knew this combination would be amazing with the bacon that has come to be known as “the special bacon” around my family. “The special bacon” is the Paula Deen Bacon recipe we shared on this blog earlier and ever since making it, we can’t eat bacon any other way. My suspicions were right and the combination of the date, cream cheese, and “the special bacon” was superb. Just the right amount of everything. We could barely keep these appetizers around long enough to snag a couple pictures!


Yield: 30 datesAuthor: Keaton Epps

Brown Sugar Bacon & Cream Cheese Date Appetizer

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  • around 30 pitted dates
  • 2 – 4 oz cream cheese
  • 12 – 16 oz sliced bacon



  1. Prepare the bacon as explained here
  2. Slice the dates down the middle opening the cavity and fill with cream cheese
  3. Once bacon is cooked and cooled, cut into about 1 inch pieces and place into cream cheese stuffed dates as shown in picture
  4. Eat up!
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Ashton • Keaton • Mia

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Ashton and Keaton began blogging together in 2016 as a passion project. Both siblings are lovers of food, family gatherings, and entrepreneurial pursuits, which made starting a food blog together a no-brainer.