Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes (plus printable tags)




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Making Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galette Cookies

Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes ~ my homemade version of these soft shortbread sandwich cookies filled with fruit preserves are simply amazing.  I’ve included custom gift tags to go along with them, just download and print!

a stack of copy cat Harry and David's Fruit Galette cookies

If you ask me what my favorite commercially made cookie is, I’d say Harry and David’s Fruit Galettes.  I could eat a dozen at a time without blinking, so it’s a good thing they only come into our house once a year, at most, if someone happens to send them for the holidays.  I wouldn’t dream of ordering them for myself, for one thing it would be like throwing my hard earned dollars down the gullet, they’d disappear before I could even really appreciate them.

That’s not to say I wouldn’t love a great copy cat recipe so I could whip them up from scratch at a fraction of the cost.

Making Copy Cat Harry and David's Fruit Galettes with apricot jam

These are a simple shortbread sandwich cookie filled with jam, but if you’ve ever had one of Harry and David’s galettes you know that the shortbread is super soft, with a hint of almond flavor, and the jam filling is extra tangy and delicious.  When it comes to desserts I’m usually a chocoholic all the way, but these cookies get me every time.

Making them at home is not only a cost saver, but homemade cookies always have the edge over commercial brands.  Even the best bakeries can’t compete with the quality ingredients we use in our homemade holiday cookies ~ the best butter and jam the supermarket offers….and what about all that love we bake into our holiday treats?  I don’t think the commercial bakeries include that in their list of ingredients.

Making Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes with black raspberry jam

Unless you have some fabulous homemade jam stacked in the store cupboard you’ll have to decide on what to buy.  I think Harry and David use peach, raspberry, and blackberry.  I got so excited in the jam aisle I came home with three too ~

  • Bon Maman Raspberry because I know and love it (I’ve featured it in my Classic Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe.)  It has a nice tart flavor that’s perfect in these cookies.
  • Stonewall Kitchen Black Raspberry, because SK is probably the highest quality jam in the store, and who else makes black raspberry?
  • And then I noticed Bon Maman has a new line out called their ‘intense’ line.  That has my name written all over it, so I picked up the Apricot.

You can use just about anything to fill these sandwich cookies, I’d love to try Meyer lemon or blood orange curd, which you can find in my Easy Microwave Citrus Curd post. Or my Microwave Cranberry Curd.  As long as it’s strongly flavored, tangy, and fruity, it will work.  And btw if you do have some exotic homemade preserves on hand, I can imagine all kinds of interesting ideas like rose hip jelly, Clementine Jam, or homemade marmalade.

Making Copy Cat Harry and David's Fruit Galettes with Stonewall Kitchen jam

Making Copy Cat Harry and David's Fruit Galette cookies with apricot jam

TIP: Try to resist the urge to put too much jam in the center of these cookies, it’s tempting to load it on, but it will ooze out if you’re not careful.  I suggest looking for jams that are on the thick side to prevent this.  If you have a jam you want to use that’s loose, put it in a small saucepan and boil it down briefly until it thickens.

Fruit Galettes in a gift tin

Download these customized tags to include with all your gifts …holiday gifting done simple!

You can print them on a home computer, or, even better, have them printed on glossy card stock by an office store like Kinkos, FedEx, or Staples.  You can do everything easily online and pick them up at your local store, they’ll even cut them for you.  If you’re giving these cookies to everyone on your list, that’s a convenient way to go.

printable gift tags for copy cat harry and David fruit galettes

Copy Cat Harry and David's Fruit Galette cookies in a tin with custom gift tag

You cannot buy anything like this at retail, (except at Harry and David’s) and so I think this makes the perfect homemade cookie gift.  If you’re not lucky enough to receive the originals, this copy cat recipe does very nicely.

Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes
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Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Category: cookies, dessert

Cuisine: American

Yield: 16 sandwich cookies

Making Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galette Cookies

Simple shortbread sandwich cookies filled with jam, just like Harry and David makes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 228 grams or 8 ounces) butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract (use vanilla if you like)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    filling
  • jam (use a relatively thick jam for this cookie)

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the extract. Then beat in the egg, scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure all the butter is incorporated.
  2. Whisk the baking powder and flour, and slowly add to the bowl while keeping the mixer on low until the dough comes together. Scrape the bowl again, and finish mixing with a wooden spoon or your hands to bring the dough completely together. Form into a flat disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for an hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, try to get it just under 1/4 inch. Cut the dough into rounds using a small cookie or biscuit cutter. My cutter measures just under 2 inches across. Carefully transfer the dough to the baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake the cookies for about 8-9 minutes. Note: they will not brown, and will still be completely pale when done. Don't over-bake because you want your cookies to be soft. I like to do a test cookie or two to check my settings and timing.
  6. Let the cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes, then cool completely on a rack. Put a small amount of jam in the middle of one cookie and top it with another. Press down gently.

Make these Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes your own ~

  • Ditch the fruit and fill them with chocolate ganache or Nutella.
  • Make them ahead and freeze the shortbread cookies, then fill with jam after they defrost.  See my Complete Guide to Freezing Cookies for more details.

 

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Kimberly
    April 2, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    This recipe was absolutely delicious! My niece even said these cookies tasted better than the Harry & David’s (I agree!). She isn’t a fan of the almond flavoring in the original cookies, so I used vanilla. I followed the recipe exactly as is. The dough was aromatic and came together nicely. Using real butter and a real fruit middle is essential. I didn’t have any cookie cutters, so I used the lid of one my spice bottles (It was perfectly two inches and make sure to wash it out). I will be making these again. Thank you for this recipe.

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    Kristina
    December 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I just got delivered a Harry and David gift basket with these cookies in there. I immediately needed a recipe so I could make more as there were only 6 in the box. I had been thinking of making Alfajore cookies a while ago. A Latin American sandwich cookie filled with dulce de leche. That recipe is made with cornstarch and flour to make for a melt in your mouth texture. I was thinking of using a 1/4 cup of cornstarch in this one to make it similar. I was going to do both actually so I will let you know how it turns out. One question though, I was planning on folllowing your recipe completely with one batch but I wanted to see how these do if I double the recipe. I have a lot to make so I thought I would ask before actually attempting. Thanks so much!

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      Sue
      December 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      I’m dying to make the Alfajore cookies, Kristina, it’s on my January baking list! I think you should be fine to double this recipe, but generally when I do that I use two separate bowls and just double it that way, rather than in one huge bowl. For some reason I think it’s safer to do that way.

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    Kristina
    December 20, 2018 at 11:02 am

    How many cookies does this make? Looks delicious! I’m about to make them!

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      Sue
      December 20, 2018 at 11:17 am

      It makes 16 sandwiches, Kristina.

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    Katherine
    December 18, 2018 at 8:24 am

    I made these last night and they are beautiful! A wonderfully simple shortbread recipe. Thank you for the note about overbaking- it was tempting and I’m glad I resisted. These were easy to make, yet looked like a million bucks! I dusted them with a tiny bit of powdered sugar before placing on the serving tray and they looked so festive. An excellent recipe that will be made again and again!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    December 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

    One of my son’s favorite kinds of cookies Sue! I’ll need to get these on my baking list! Love the tags too!

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    angiesrecipes
    December 10, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    You make everything so beautiful and tempting!

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    Brittany
    December 10, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, just give me a cup of coffee and I’m SET!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    December 10, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    There’s nothing better than shortbread and jam, beautiful cookies!

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    Darlene Catuara
    December 10, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Hi Sue and happy holidays! I just finished decorating so now I’m ready to bake. My butter and eggs are getting to room temperature as we speak! I already have your easy gingerbread on the list! Made it last year and everyone wanted the recipe. I can’t wait to try the beautiful chocolate barks especially that pink and blue for my 16 year old niece. And now this delicious shortbread which happens to be my favorite! I’m loving the gift tag ideas! Thanks so much for all you do! Peace, health and happiness to you and yours! You’re the best!

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      Sue
      December 10, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Darlene, have a wonderful holiday, and here’s to a super delicious ’19 together!

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    Carol Ewton
    December 10, 2018 at 8:09 am

    These look great! I will give them a try. I like the idea of using chocolate ganache or Nutella in at least some of them as my daughter is a chocoholic. :-)

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      Sue
      December 10, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Perfect!

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    joan nass
    December 10, 2018 at 8:00 am

    They look so yummy, I love shortbread.
    Can I use gluten free flour?
    Thank you for all your recipes.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 10, 2018 at 8:22 am

      You should be able to Joan, I’ve made shortbread with gf flour and it does have a different texture, but for these cookies, where they are supposed to be soft, it should work fine.

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