1 cup Earthbound Farm Organic Dried Plums (each cut into 4 or 5 pieces)
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup ginger preserves
1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened, 1 stick)
3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
2 large eggs (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground star anise
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract