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Irene Rivera – Date and Bacon Jam Thumbprint Cookies
These delicate cream cheese cookies are studded with bacon and also filled with a sticky, sweet and salty date and bacon jam.

for jam:
pitted whole dates
simple syrup
chopped crispy bacon

cream cheese
unsalted butter
all-purpose flour
dried rosemary
chopped bacon

Categories: Blog, Chicago Blog

28 Responses so far.

  1. John says:

    I made these. They are a simple treat to make and they were very yummy.

  2. Erin says:


  3. jaclyn says:

    Best cookies ever!!

  4. Mags says:

    Wow! Wasn’t sure about the sweet jam and the bacon, but this really works. Great recipe and simple to make.

  5. sandra serrano says:

    they were the BEST cookies ever

  6. Stephanie Rotoloni says:


  7. Dave Rotoloni says:

    Excellent cookies-they rock!

  8. gusc says:

    AWWW!!!! they are great

  9. Rick Cussigh says:


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  11. Tim says:

    Made them twice now. Everyone loves them !!!

  12. Pete Warner says:

    Easy to make and Delicious !!!

  13. Jim Garrett says:

    Looks very yummy on a cold winter night!

  14. Vilma says:


  15. Maria Ortiz says:

    You know Im a baking freak, this was a recipe I was able to enjoy baking in decent amount of time. Very tasty MMMMMMMMMMMM!

  16. Maryellen says:

    The rosemary seems to be a stroke of genius that rounds out the sweet and salty with the truly savory!

  17. P.Sarmiento says:

    MMMM delicious, wow these are GREAT!!

  18. Danny C. says:

    Thanks for the delicious TREAT!!!!

  19. Chris says:

    I live in Singapore and these have become more popular than dim sum or pad thai…. Absolutely amazing!!!! Irene, Singapore thanks you!!!!!…

  20. Manny call me Junior says:

    Danny and Vilma Say their YUmmy!!!!!

  21. Ruth Nemeth says:

    Sounds really good!

  22. Selena Simmons says:

    Wow!! I’m not a big fan of cream cheese but Oh My Gosh!!! Yummy!! :D Amazing Job!

  23. Jay says:

    I have enjoyed cream cheese cookies before, with some type of fruity jam – ie raspberry. The bacon and date jam reminds me of my favorite primi at tapas restaurants the bacon wrapped dates! So good!!!!

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  26. Jackie says:

    Simple, maybe, but bacon in a cookie I think is simply brilliant. Especially if it works and this work very well. Proof is, I would actually make this recipe as a treat, not just put bacon for the sake of trying to add bacon to a recipe. Good job!

  27. annette says:

    super yummy:)

  28. Irene Rivera says:

    Let me share a food memory with all you fantastic voters. When I was a kid, my very large family would host very large family functions. When my polish aunt would host, my aunt and her mother Helen would bake the best kolackys. So good, I would eat several,probably more than my share. Helen has since passed away. A small chunk of my family has moved to Texas. Another small chunk has moved to the far suburbs, but we still manage to see each other, not as often and the group is much smaller, but still the purpose is the same. Families gather around food. My cookies don’t even compare to my aunt’s, but I would like to think of them as an ode to one of the best cookies ever! thanks for voting!!!!