Coffee Bacon Crostini

Summer means…

…mini family vacations to Hood Canal. I caught my first fish. It was a good 6-inch flounder. Ya better believe it, honey.

…working as a summer unit leader at a camp for kids with special needs. I MISS CAMP!

… spending quality time with this cool guy:)

… making and trying new and exciting food!! I made this on a whim. I had extra bacon after making a version of this awesome salad from Espresso and Cream. The bacon is sweet, salty, and a little spicy! And I know, the coffee part sounds intimidating, but the flavor is subtle and adds a unique touch to your regular ol’ bacon.

Coffee Bacon Crostinis

Adapted from Joy the Baker


  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon
  • 1 tsp of fresh coffee grounds
  • 1/4 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp of molasses
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • 4 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • arugula or baby spinach leaves
  • Half a white onion, sliced
  • slices of toasted bread


  1. In a plastic bag, mix bacon, coffee grounds, chili powder molasses, brown sugar, and water. Let the bacon marinate for at least an hour. (I didn’t have patience so I did only 20 minutes. Heh.)
  2. Place marinated bacon on a baking sheet and bake at 375°F for 20 minutes, or until it has reached desired crispiness. Flip the bacon over halfway through cooking.
  3. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, dates, pepper flakes, and olive oil together  and set aside.
  4. Caramelize them onion slices! Cook in 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium-low for 15 minutes or until soft and browned.
  5. Toast your bread slices!
  6. Once the bacon is done, cut into smaller slices to assemble your crostinis.

Spread the date cream cheese → lay on a leaf of lettuce → stack on a slice of bacon (or two) → top with some onions!

Enjoy! P.S. If you’re wondering why I’ve been making all the posts lately, the other gnome (Bette Jane) is currently a world traveler. She’ll be back soon, don’t worry!



4 thoughts on “Coffee Bacon Crostini

  1. these look awesome.
    have you found vegemite yet? i need to send bette jane and annaleas bday gift so i can send some of that too if you need it.

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