Candied Bacon-Wrapped Dates

I love dates, and I love bacon, so why not marry the two and add some Cocoa-Chili powder while I’m at it? These candied bacon-wrapped dates are delicious. They are sweet like candy and give just the right amount of savory and spice to make you want to keep coming back for more!

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

Ingredients

Candied Bacon Wrapped Dates

  • 12 bacon strips, thick cut, ask your butcher at the local market
  • 24 dates, pitted to make things easier
  • 1/4 c cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa chile blend powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Cocoa Chile Powder

  • tbsp. ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

Candied Bacon Wrapped Dates

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut bacon 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. Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of each date: fill with 1/2 teaspoon of cream cheese. 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 date with a bacon piece, sugar side out. Secure with a toothpick.
  3. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

Cocoa Chile Powder

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