I interrupt the latest IBC painting / decoration streak to bring you a fabulous snack. Because seriously, who doesn’t need a snack.

A couple weekends ago, several of my friends and I attended a surprise wedding in Vermont. As with most celebrations, there was an array of yummy food. Lisa, who is a chef and friend of the couple, cooked her heart out. I was so impressed with the appetizers she created that I could hardly wait to get home and try them myself. (I also want to point out that in addition to being a fine cook, Lisa can chug an entire bottle of beer while doing a split in under three seconds. I saw it with my own eyes. Twice.)

 Bacon-Wrapped, Cream Cheese and Craisin-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers | Inspired by Charm

Of the many tasty morsels Lisa concoted, one of the hors d’oeuvres really stood out — jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese and Craisins and wrapped in bacon. I kid you not. Talk about a taste bud explosion. It’s kind of like that SNL skit in which Melissa McCarthy had a Hidden Valley Ranch party in her mouth. This time, however, it’s a bacon-wrapped, cream cheese and Craisin-stuffed jalapeño party in your mouth.

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Yeah. That good.

Plus, you know my style. This little snack is ridiculously easy to make and only requires four ingredients. (If you can remember the name of the recipe, you can remember the four ingredients.)

 Bacon-Wrapped, Cream Cheese and Craisin-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers | Inspired by Charm

Of course, you don’t really need a recipe, but I will be giving you one at the end of this post. Here’s the run down. Cut the jalapeños in half and remove the seeds along with most of the fleshy white interior. That’s where the heat is. Oh, and wear some plastic gloves while doing this. Trust me.

 Bacon-Wrapped, Cream Cheese and Craisin-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers | Inspired by Charm

Then, fill up the jalapeños with the cream cheese and Craisin mixture. Wrap them up with bacon and pop them in the oven. The final step is to stuff your face (after allowing them to cool slightly).

 Bacon-Wrapped, Cream Cheese and Craisin-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers | Inspired by Charm

I like to precook my bacon a bit. This helps to ensure that the bacon is fully cooked by the time the cream cheese mixture is nice and hot. I usually cook bacon in the oven, but you can certainly precook it on the stove if you prefer.

 Bacon-Wrapped, Cream Cheese and Craisin-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers | Inspired by Charm

That’s it. Seriously.

 Bacon-Wrapped, Cream Cheese and Craisin-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers | Inspired by Charm

And, for those of you who are thinking, “Oh, I don’t like Craisins, I’ll just leave them out.” Please don’t skip them. The Craisins add a fruity sweetness that is simply dynamite with all of the other flavors happening here. In fact, you will probably wish you had added a few more to the cream cheese. I did.

 Bacon-Wrapped, Cream Cheese and Craisin-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers | Inspired by Charm

Anywho, I’ll be back tomorrow with more home updates. I really hope you enjoy these! The official recipe is below. See you soon.

Bacon-Wrapped, Cream Cheese and Craisin-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

Here's what you will need:

1 16 oz. package thick-sliced bacon
8 - 10 medium jalapeños
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Craisins

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and set a wire cooling rack on top of it. Lay out the bacon evenly. Bake for about 8 minutes. (The bacon will not be fully cooked; this is just to get it started.)

In the meantime, prepare your jalapeños by slicing them in half. Then remove the seeds and white flesh with a spoon. (It's highly recommended that you wear gloves during this process.)

In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and Craisins. Then use a spatula to fill the jalapeño halves with the cream cheese mixture. The cream cheese should be level with the top of the jalapeño half.

Next, wrap your filled jalapeños with the partially-cooked bacon. Depending on the size of the jalapeño, you can use a whole slice of bacon or cut it in half. A whole slice is recommended. Just tuck the bacon into itself or the jalapeño to keep it tightly wrapped.

Place your wrapped jalapeños back onto the wire cooling rack in your foil-lined baking pan. Return to the oven set at 350 degrees F and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked.

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Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit’l Smokies
Baked Zucchini Fries
Pizza Bread
Blue Cheese-Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs

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  • Laura at

    I’m so doing this. One question – what do you think about dried cherries instead of the dried cranberries? I just stocked up on dried cherries (Michigan!) and wonder if those would be as delicious??

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Laura, thanks! I wouldn’t see why not. Same idea, just a slightly different flavor. Go for it!

      xo Michael

  • 204 Park at

    I think I just drooled on my keyboard -can’t wait to try these – thanks for sharing!!

  • Kris at

    Oh, they look so yummy! Definitely going to give these a go. Thanks, Michael!

  • Julia at

    These look lovely but this post made me chuckle and do a double take because you managed to combine the four foods I dislike the most. Top those suckers with black pepper and cilantro for the home run.

    But I made the Nutella bread recipe you posted a while back and it was a huge hit so I might test these out for a party as a nice alternative to those store bought ones.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. Wait a minute. You dislike bacon? And cream cheese? I’m not sure how that’s possible. 😉

      I’m glad you liked the nutella bread!

      xo Michael

  • Maralyn Woods at

    This is the best looking recipe I’ve seen in weeks! I have some jalapenos growing and are just ripe for the picking. Next time Lisa does the splits while chugging a bottle of beer in three seconds please pull out your phone and video it. I need to see this. She sounds like the best kind of friend to have.

  • Allison at

    Great recipe, I even added some chorizo to the mix, amazing!

  • Amanda at

    These look so good! I am going to have to add this to my list of recipes to make soon. Your pictures are always so beautiful too 🙂

  • Michelle Vincent at

    Yum, I will have to try these!

  • amanda at

    my mouth is watering now!!!

  • Erin at

    they look great! how would these be cooked the night before then served at room temperature the next day?? I”m going to an outside musical festival and I think these might be perfect to put out!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I prefer them warm. The grease on the bacon will firm up and turn white once cold. Hope that helps.

      xo Michael

  • Kathie at

    I have made these THREE! times since your post. I love them. My friends loved them. Now I am afraid I will crave them!! I love your blog!

  • barb at

    I make these all the time, but with seasoned cream cheese and a bacon slice just long enough to cover the jalepeno (uses less bacon, plus no precook needed). Never tried with craisins–i am so doing that!

  • PattyB at

    I doubled the recipe and brought them to a Christmas party and they were very popular. The recipe was easy and precooking the bacon really helped it firm up. I think if you didn’t precook it the cream cheese would start to brown before the bacon set. I left a few without bacon for my vegetarian husband so he could enjoy them too. The thick cut bacon I used was pretty fatty and I was worried that it would be too greasy so I did trim a bit of the fat.

  • Tina at

    These look really yummy! I have to admit I a not sure about the craisins but I love the sweet element. What do you think about dates?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I really recommend the craisins. Not sure about dates.

      xo Michael

  • Jennifer at

    I make these all the time! Everyone loves them. My all time favorite. They are in the oven as I type 🙂

  • Lizzybob at

    These look awesome, I’m trying these today! Love your recipes Michael, especially the Italian sub sandwich rollups. They are my go-to recipe for summer parties.

  • mary at

    Never thought of partially precooking the bacon before wrapping! That’s a great idea! cuts down on cooking time for the rest!

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