These are extremely delicious and addictive and make a great party appetizer! Try a little peanut butter instead of the cream cheese or mix a little peanut butter into the cream cheese. Oh sooooo good!!
24 large moist, pitted dates
12 slices bacon
2 oz cream cheese or goat cheese, softened
24 1/2 pieces of walnuts or whole pecans
Pit dates carefully. Set aside.
Halve the bacon slices crosswise.
Put cream cheese into a pastry bag fitted with a round plain 1/4 inch tip. (or just place in a plastic bag and cut a small hole in the corner).
Stuff each date cavity with 1 piece of nut.
Pipe cheese into each stuffed date.
Wrap 1 piece of bacon around the width of each date.
Roll in brown sugar.
Place dates on a foil lined pan and spray with non-stick oil, seam side down at lest 1/2-inch apart.
Bake in upper third of preheated oven at 500^ until bacon is golden and crisp, about 7-9 minutes.
Remove and set aside to cool briefly before serving. These are excellent cold too.