Glazed Chai Cookie Bars
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Chai Cookie Bars
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark or light brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¼ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk (start with 2 tablespoons, add more as needed)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease and/or line a 9x13x2 pan. Beat together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Beat in the egg and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  2. No need to combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, just add in the flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, garam masala, cloves, pepper, allspice, and nutmeg and beat gently until everything is thoroughly combined. Don't over-mix, though. If everything isn't quite coming together in your mixer, finish it up by hand.
  3. The dough will be very similar to a cookie dough, so I found it easiest to press it into the prepared pan by hand. Don't worry if it looks thin, it'll puff up when baking. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes, until the dough no longer wiggles when gently shaken and the dough is a very light brown. Allow to cool completely before finishing up with the glaze.
  4. To make the glaze, combine the three tablespoons of honey and powdered sugar, then beat together until combined. Add in the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the icing is a consistency that you like. Pour the glaze over the bars and allow to set (this can be sped up by putting the bars in the fridge, as I did).
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at