Candied Bacon-Wrapped Dates

The flavor profile here is spectacular. These bacon-wrapped dates are stuffed with cream cheese, pecan pieces, and almond extract. Feel free to try this recipe with figs.

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 30m

Ingredients

Candied Bacon-Wrapped Dates

  • 12 bacon strips
  • 24 pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa chile blend powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of pecan pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Mexican Chile-Cocoa Spice

  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons crushed oregano
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

Candied Bacon-Wrapped Dates

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cut bacon strips in half crosswise. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  2. 2. Combine cream cheese, pecans, and almond extract and incorporate well.
  3. 3. Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of each fig; fill with 1/2 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, chile blend powder and cinnamon. Dip one side of each bacon piece in brown sugar mixture; wrap each fig with a bacon piece, sugar side out. Secure with a toothpick or place seam-side down on the baking pan.
  4. 4. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

Mexican Chile-Cocoa Spice

  1. 1. Shake everything together in a small jar, cover and store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.