Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
To prevent toothpicks from burning place 18 toothpicks in a small bowl filled with water letting them soak for 15 minutes. (I'm impatient and usually skip this step and it's fine)
Pit the date by slicing down the middle and removing the pit, this is where the stuffing will go.
Open date where pit was removed and fill with soft cheese of your choice or almonds.*If you're filling your bacon wrapped dates with a soft cheese take a spoon and spread cheese into the date where pit previously was (example picture in post).
Slice a strip of bacon in half and wrap your date.
Slide toothpick through where the bacon overlaps to keep everything in place (the toothpick will also make it easy to flip the bacon halfway through baking so it cooks and gets an even crisp!).
bake at 375° for 10 minutes on one side, then take them out of the oven to flip and do about 8 minutes on the other side!
They’re ready to serve - Enjoy!