Apple Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are the easiest, naturally sweet, salty, crispy appetizer. Delicious sweet apples are stuffed into in plump dates, all nicely wrapped in bacon then baked until warm and crispy.

2 apple stuffed bacon wrapped dates on a white plate

Always a popular appetizer that’s a crowd pleaser because everything is better with bacon. Easy to make that can be prepared ahead of time and baked in the oven minutes before guests arrive. These are the plumpest and sweetest Medjool dates I have ever had.

To make the stuffing and wrapping go quickly and easily, I like to setup an assembly line. Starting from left to right, the pitted dates, the sliced apple, the bacon then the toothpicks (see picture below).

Dates, apple pieces and bacon slices ready to build

These tasty bites are stuffed with apple. It is common to see them stuffed with cheese, but apples are so sweet right now and the flavor combination of all three is really good.

What is the best apple to use for apple stuffed bacon wrapped dates?

Any red apple that is in season. Green apples are not as sweet.

Skewered bacon wrapped dates for easy handling

A baking rack in a baking sheet is the best way to cook them. This way they are not sitting in the bacon fat and the bacon will cook evenly and be crispy all around.

Apple stuffed bacon wrapped dates on a baking rack right out of the oven

Once the dates are cooled, I like to remove the regular toothpicks and replace them with more decorative mini skewers for a prettier presentation, plus this gives you a larger handle to hold.

Holding a bacon wrapped date with a skewer

It is very difficult to eat just one of these dates, and they are one of the most popular bites when I serve them, so make sure you make a large batch.

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Yield: 4

Apple Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped Dates

Apple stuffed bacon wrapped dates on white plates with more in background

Sweet apples stuffed into in plump dates, all nicely wrapped in bacon. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 20 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 medium sweet apple, peeled
  • 10 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 20 toothpicks


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.
  2. Add a rack to a baking sheet.
  3. Chop the apple into pieces that are as long as your dates. Add a piece of apple to the center of each date and close and press to seal. Wrap each date in a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. * see note
  4. Arrange the dates on the baking rack and bake for 35 minutes or until bacon is brown and crisp.


* If making ahead, prepare up to this step and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 196Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 11mgSodium 194mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 4gSugar 34gProtein 5g
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