Maple Cream Cheese Bacon Wrapped Dates

If you are looking for a quick, easy and absolutely fabulous appetizer for your next party then you have come to the right place.  These things take no time to whip together and are sure to be snatched up faster than a toothpick after a rib eating contest.  I first had a version of these at a Cattlewoman’s horse camp out   Now I neither own a cow or own a horse I can currently ride but I was invited along with a friend who has both.  We talked, we ate, we drank, we ate, they rode, we ate, I meditated in a field of wildflowers by a babbling brook, we ate.  You get the picture. We had a load of food and these were among the best. 
There is something about these things that make them irresistible   Not a date fan you say?  Neither am I in their native form.  But stuff them with maple cream cheese and wrap some bacon around them and they are transformed into something beautiful.  Of course, stuff a lot of things with cream cheese and wrap bacon around them and they will be fabulous.  😉

As a side note, I brought Smore Bars.  They didn’t last very long.
Maple Cream Cheese Stuffed  Bacon Wrapped Dates
4 oz cream cheese, room temp (half a block)
1 Tbs maple syrup
1 (8 oz) package pitted dates
1 lb maple bacon
1. Preheat oven to 400 deg.  Prepare a 9×13 pan by wrinkling up a piece of tin foil then spreading it loosely into the bottom of the pan.  This allows for the bacon grease to sink down into the wrinkles of the foil and away from the cooking bacon.

2.  Mix cream cheese with maple syrup.
3.  Take the bacon out of the package and cut the entire bunch in half.
4.  Using your fingernail, open the date lengthwise to expose the center.  Take a small amount (approximately 1/2 tsp) of cream cheese mixture and stuff it into the date.  Wrap half a piece of bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick.  Place into the prepared pan.

5.  Bake for 40 minutes or until the bacon looks cooked through.  Serve warm.

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