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Five-Spice Prune Bars

The most delicious streusel bar cookie with a layer of spiced prune jam sandwiched between a shortbread crust and streusel. YUM!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bar Cookies
Keyword: Bar Cookies, Prunes, Dessert, Five-Spice, Streusel
Servings: 16 Bar Cookies

Ingredients

For the Cookie Crust

  • 1 cup (135 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (36 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (17 g) cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) sea salt
  • 10 tablespoons (140 g) unsalted butter room temperature, cut into 10 pieces
  • ½ vanilla bean split and seeds scraped or 1/2 teapsoon real vanilla extract

For the Streusel

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (86 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (73 g) light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.5 g) sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons (70 g) unsalted butter room temperature, cut into 5 pieces
  • ¼ cup (30 g) almond slices

For the Five-Spice Prune Jam

  • 1/2 pound (228 g) prunes coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup (115 g) water
  • 1.5 tablespoons (3 g) orange zest about 1 medium oranges
  • 1.5 tablespoons (21 g) fresh orange juice about 1 medium oranges
  • 1 tablespoon (14 g) light brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (3 g) five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) almond extract

For the Vanilla Bean Glaze

  • 1/2 cup (120 g) powdered sugar sifted
  • 3-4 tablespoon (45-60 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped (or 1/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract)

Instructions

For the Cookie Crust

  • To make the crust, preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease an 9 x 9–inch (23 x 23–cm) baking pan and line with parchment paper, letting the excess fall over the sides.
  • In a food processor fitted with the blade attachment (see note), add the flour, sugar, cornstarch and salt in the food processor and pulse several times to mix. Sprinkle the butter and vanilla over the flour mixture and run the processor for 1 minute or until a ball forms. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the baking pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the sides are lightly bronzed. Set aside to cool completely.

For the Streusel

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, work the butter into the mixture until it resembles wet sand and when pinched together it holds into clumps. Stir in the almonds. Place in the fridge to chill.

For the Five-Spice Prune Jam

  • To make the jam, add the fresh prunes, water, orange zest, orange juice brown sugar, five-spice powder and almond extract to a high-speed blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Set aside.

To Assemble

  • Spread the jam evenly over the cooled crust. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top and bake in center of the oven for 30 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool

For the Vanilla Bean Glaze

  • While the cookie bars cool, in a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, cream and vanilla. The drizzle will be thick, add only enough cream so that it drizzles, but not so much that it’s thin. Once the bars have cooled, drizzle over the tops and serve!

Notes

*The cookie crust can be mixed using a pastry blender or your fingers.
*If you don't have cornstarch, replace with more all-purpose flour.
*The crust, streusel and jam can all be made 1-2 days ahead of assembling and baking. Store separately until ready to use.
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