Right on. There are times when I step back and take a deep breath and realize that a majority of my time is spent reading and writing about food – a huge privilege. So many people in this country and the world are uncertain of their next meal. If I need butter I go to the store and get it. Privilege.
If GP can get even a handful of people to eat healthier I would consider her work a success, for in the end I would hope we are trying to raise the level in which we consciously purchase and eat.
I love what you have to say about listening to anyone willing to talk about food. I strangely like GP too. I only say strangely because I’ve only seen <20 movies in my whole life and I don't really watch much TV (besides foodtv), so maybe I like her because I don't know what everyone else is saying. Regardless, cooking with buckwheat flour is rad. Thanks for sharing :)
I never thought about Gwyneth Paltrow much until I saw her in a series on PBS with Mario Batali in Spain. When I saw how much she enjoyed eating, I thought to myself that she seemed like an interesting person! These cookies sound good, I may have to try them.
Gwyneth is adorable. How can anybody not like her. Smart and pretty. They are just jealous.
I read about her cookbook just recently in a food magazine. They also published some of the recipes and I liked them. Like you mentioned, nothing revolutionary, but tasty.
I like these kind of cookies. We bake very similar ones at my house and I call them “Linzer Cookies”. They are the best.
So glad to hear someone else speak out in defense of Gwyneth Paltrow. I’ve long been a fan and have been perplexed by all the haters lately. She is multi-talented and, clearly, others feel threatened by that. She was wonderful on the PBS series, On The Road–her passion for food is evident. Another reason to admire her. I will pick up her cookbook and give it a read. Thanks for the post.
yayyy Tim! love this post and what you had to say. my two cents: We must ask ourselves: why is she SO easy to make fun of? b/c she has put herself out there! she is completely vulnerable! most celebs, when it comes to branching out, just come out with a new perfume line and call it a wrap. so, at the end of the day, can we dislike her for being inspired and trying to do something that will inspire her many many many followers? I don’t think so. Will I still occasionally make fun of her when she says things like she is too busy shooting Glee to do her weekly Goop update? definitely. but will I hold her insane success and privileged against her? no way.
p.s. I had a huge smile across my face for the vast majority of Country Strong.
I’m extremely impressed with Gwyneth Paltrow – Oscar winner, now a singer, and a cookbook. It’s rare to find people who are multi-talented.
These cookies look really interesting, almost like thumbprint cookies. How about putting a smear of chocolate ganache in the middle instead of jam or preserves? Kind of give it the chocolate chip oatmeal cookieness to it.
RH: Yield is high. 50-60 cookies. And you really only eat one or two at a time. I can’t imagine a healthier cookie.
Amelia: Totally agreed. The original draft of this post was twice as long, but I was worried I would develop my own army of haters. I think the fact that she is so earnest is often held against her, and I hate that! It is so easy and cheap to make fun of people who are being earnest. Which is sad. But sometimes funny, I guess. I’d love a little more earnestness and a lot less irony and sarcasm (in myself and others).
Kartik: Sure, you could put chocolate in these and ruin a perfectly good cookie. ; )
I agree. I don’t know what it is about earnest-ness that breeds spite in people, but I find it kinda sad– it’s something that I SO admire in people, but it seems that you have to have guts of steel to be earnest and deal with the backlash that comes from it!!
I admire the hell out of Gwyneth for putting herself out there. And I also despise the attitude of people who hate those who are privileged. A lot of people with privilege are there because they worked their asses off to be there! How can one do anything but admire that? :)
I didn’t even know that Gwyneth was making a cookbook! I haven’t been an avid fan of hers but I have always liked her. These cookies look great and they’re vegan to boot! Maybe I’ll check the book out!
Tim, your generous spirit is refreshing! The cookies look good, too. How would they be with your pineapple-pear preserves? I imagine fantastic! (Just pulled that post of yours up the other day to pake with the pineapple I just purchased. Thanks again for that, too.)
What a great post (I feel the same way about Gwyneth) and reminder to pick up my copy of her book. I’ve really enjoyed her blog since she started it, and I’ve made several of the recipes she has posted. Every single one has been delicious (the eggplant parmesan is SO good – it’s the only recipe I’ll use now), so I figured her cookbook would have to be fantastic as well. I can’t wait to see all that the book has to offer, and these cookies are a great place to start!
I definitely agree. It seems too easy to hop on the negative bandwagon these days. I love a good thumbprint cookie and these look nutty and wonderful. Raspberry is always my jelly filling of choice, too. I made a recipe from GOOP this week and started in on this topic, but chickened out due to negativity I’ve seen on the internet. Bravo for addressing this touchy subject.
Tim, this is such a refreshing review; thank you. I remember when her daughter was born, there was so much (unkind, I thought) hoopla around the fact that she named her Apple. The consensus seemed to be that Gwyneth was just another crazy celebrity doing crazy things. But in an interview, she seemed exactly how most new mothers are: glowing, a little overwhelmed, and full of pure love for her newborn daughter. The word that comes to mind is “honest.” So she’s rich, talented, and spends her days juggling enviable activities that are completely foreign to those of us without fame or fortune. So what? I love the fact that she seems to always do what makes her happy – whether it’s acting, singing, mothering, or cooking – without really caring what the world will think. I wish I could say the same about my own life.
I love this post Tim! I love Gwyneth for all of the reasons you listed above (but you left out her slammin’ bod and amazing fashion sense). I’d love to hang with her and Chris and their besties – Beyonce and Jay-Z. I LOVED the Spain: On the Road again series, and I want to make every recipe she makes on the GOOP site. I believe her love of food is sincere and that she has a lot of food knowledge to back up this new venture. I am looking forward to getting my copy. Sorry, I’ll stop now…I’ve already done enough gloating and praising Ms. Paltrow on my blog too! Haters gonna hate.
Hi, to say the truth I don´t know much about Gwyneth´s films if I saw one right now I can´t remember it and it has been ages since I have been at the movies,but here in Spain I have seen her on a TV program called “ON THE ROAD AGAIN”, she was sharing the program with a catalan actress,a well known american cook and an american “journalist” and they were traveling all around Spain,tasting the food and the wines,the program was very interesting and she seemed to be a very nice person,she was herself,she wasn´t acting.I learned many things about her personal life ,she loves good food and I´m sure her book will be intersting.
Had no idea that Ms. Paltrow had a cookbook published. If this recipe is any indication of the rest of the recipes in the book, then it looks good to me.
And can I just say that she was absolutely fabulous on Glee!?
Tim…what do you think about a gluten free version? I, along with one of my kids, am gluten free…Maybe sub equal parts buckwheat flour and oat flour for the barley flour? Never used or seen barley flour, not sure what the flavor it like…
Did anyone ever tell you how completely wonderful you are? I love that you are both opinionated and open-minded, even if that sounds like a contradiction. Whether you love or hate Gwyneth Paltrow–and I admire her a lot–what’s important is that she does put herself out there, and appears to love her life.
I’ve read every one of your “blogs” and gazed at the photos. I’ve made your macaroni and cheese and the Ina Garten’s turkey lasagna twice! (Both of them 2x!) I think that turkey lasagna of Ina’s is the best “meat” lasagna I’ve ever had, and everyone thinks I dreamt it up, and then (of course) I give credit to you!
Keep on “keeping on.” Your food entries are drool-worthy.
Here in the UK a year or two ago, former supermodel Sophie Dahl published a cookbook and had a TV series. She got a lot of negative press, which I think stemmed mostly from jealousy. What a shame people can’t be a bit more supportive when celebrities want to try something different :( Anyway I really like Gwyneth (she was fantastic in Shallow Hal) and I’d quite like to read her cookbook. Wish I could get hold of barley flour!
Way to go, Tim. Honestly, ever since GOOP came out, I feel like everyone jumped on the bandwagon of hate. Sure, sometimes her crazy newsletters make me laugh, but overall – I think she’s seems like a cool chick. I used a number of her suggestions to plan a trip to New Orleans and was NOT disappointed. And I’ve discovered a number of great blogs, books and breathing routines (HA!) thanks to her. I’m sure her cookbook is lovely.
Came here to praise you for sticking up for Gwenyth, then saw that about 40 people beat me to it. Well, here’s another compliment :) And these look delicious. Love that they’re healthy…might have to make them soon.
For various reasons, I’m not Ms. Paltrow’s #1 fan, but I do admire many things about her. Personally, I wish I had even the tiniest bit of her courage and drive. I applaud you for reviewing her cookbook with an open mind. YOU rock, sir.
Looking at that Eater rant, I’m struck by the fact that most of the privilege that’s being pointed to (except for knowing other actors and some chefs) is available to upper middle class people. Middle class people travel internationally, they splurge on kitchen equipment, and they worry about the health ramifications of various diets. They have weird relationships with hippiedom. This seems pretty accessible to the audience I imagine the book will have.
I think even the title is important – she’s not ignoring her place in the world or where she came from. Skewering her for who she is seems just petty, especially when she’s self-aware enough to tell her truth.
I appreciate your defense, Tim.
i got a little carried away with my ‘return’ key Tim! what i meant to say, is that i’ve always liked her zest for life, for her curiosity, for her questions and for her talent. what i appreciate about THIS post is that you are open to at least entertain the idea that her book is good . . . which is what happened – isn’t that what life is really about? being open enough to discover something wonderful? thanks for your review and thanks for putting it here for the rest of us!
i totally have a girl crush on gwyneth. i haven’t checked out the book, but am sure it is great. with the powers behind her, including Batali, how could it be bad? I look forward to checking it out. I haven’t had to do any defending, in fact, all I’ve read is positive results and excitement. Glad you enjoy it!
I too can’t help but love Gwyneth though I’m admittedly crazy jealous of her beauty, success, talent in all things she does etc…. etc… There are many etceteras needed when speaking about her! I still can’t figure out where it is that she ‘puts’ all of the delicious food she cooks and eats, seeming as though she’s perfectly thin and gorgeous, but I relate to her healthy and simple food sensibilities. It appears she really can cook and someone so influential advocating for wholesome, homemade food is always a positive thing. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will definitely be making it!
I find Gwyneth Paltrow beautiful, she can really sing, but I think she’s not all that as an actress – the proof that the Oscars are not fair at all, she has one and Glenn Close has none (for instance). I think she’s pretty limited as an actress.
The fact the she doesn’t look like someone who eats might be the reason so many people don’t get the cookbook thing (myself included). And for the record, I feel the same about Giada.
These cookies look amazing, though – I might change my mind. :)
This book has been getting a lot of positive press elsewhere too! Atlantic had some nice things to say about it. Plus, she is the most hilarious character on Glee, and I hail from the age when “Gwyneth” was used as an adjective to describe a lovely lady–I’m glad to see so many good things coming to and from her.
Those cookies look amazing! Thumbprints are one of my favorites and I will try this recipe out for Easter or spring brunch. I think Gwyneth Paltrow is pretty and talented. Some people just have a jealous nature. They might be better off using that negative energy to make their own lives better in some ways.
I was surprised when I heard that Gwyneth Paltrow had come out with a cookbook… but I really didn’t find out any more about it. Now that I’ve seen this recipe, I’m much more interested. Looks wonderful. Thanks for featuring it!
Well, opinions of G.P aside, I have a batch of these coming out of the oven, and I can attest that they are a cinch to pull together, smell wonderful baking, and look and taste great. The recipe, probably because it is so simple, is really adaptable too. Just by low-on-ingredients necessity, I used half barley and half spelt flour, and a mix of almonds and walnuts. For gluten-free Fariba, I would maybe try a combo of oat and amaranth or quinoa rather than the buckwheat, but that’s just a guess! And if anyone’s not a big fan of maple syrup, maybe try subbing honey for some of it, because the maple flavor is really prominent.
And just to add my two cents… maybe the most admirable thing about G.P is that she seems never to have had a mean or defensive word to say in response to all the hating. So good for her. Thanks, Tim!!!
You couldn’t have said it better about GP….I too received her cookbook and Super Natural Everyday in the mail last week…both great reads and I have already made the baked granola…AWESOME! Next are the cookies above!
i’ve always enjoyed Gwyneth’s acting but when i heard she was going to be singing on the last grammy show, sadly, i too scoffed. until, of course, i heard she’d be singing with Cee Lo and that got my attention. G won my heart whilst doing a not great but perfectly good job singing WHILE wearing those (what? 6″?) crazy shoes! and, if that wasn’t enough, she gets DOWN on that piano, and then gets back UP on those giant shoes without a scratch on herself, the piano, the muppets, or the “fabulous” Cee Lo. far as i’m concerned, she can do anything. and should. just had to get that out. (cookies look yummy.)
And Amen – I too love Gywennie. It took me a while to get there, I’ll admit, but I stepped back and thought about why I didn’t love her and I had 0 reasons. She is amazing! I wish I had half her chutzpah and talent.
love love love lottie+doof….thanks for always bringing us such fun things!!
THANK YOU! I totally feel the same way about Gwyneth Paltrow. Love her blog (she introduced me to my favorite exercise method-Tracy Anderson Method!!), love GOOP, love her in movies, and I love the new cookbook. She seems like a really nice, COOL person. She has a lot of cool interests, and isn’t that why we read people’s blogs? To find out what fabulous, cool, and possibly wealthy people are into? It’s what we want from celebrities, and the fact that she is offering it somehow rubs people the wrong way.
I don’t understand people’s obsession with hating her. She has this awful food reputation, most people think she is some anorexic health nut that turns her nose up at everyone and only drinks detox juice. It totally bums me out, and I feel like whenever I mention her in public I end up defending her to the death. So thumbs up to you for putting out a positive post about her. :)
thank you for this post! i don’t understand the crazy hatred towards this talented, seemingly fun, healthy, and brave woman. jealousy can be ugly, but i think there is value to be learned here. i work full time, juggle hobbies, love, exercise, etc with cooking healthy and delicious meals, too. she’s in a high-profile version of many of our lives, so i personally love that she wrote a cookbook. she might not be alice waters, but she is fabulous and i can’t wait to get her book. in the meantime, i’ll make these cookies!
Thank you for this post. I took umbrage at the GP smack-talkin’, too, and wanted to add that it seems like successful women are so often the target of anger, while there are so many wealthy men in the world doing much worse deeds than writing about healthy food, singing, acting, etc. I felt the same way when Martha was slandered and sentenced to prison – maybe she isn’t the nicest person, but what harm is she doing? I still like her recipes. I’m looking forward to trying these cookies (I confess to also thinking ‘chocolate ganache!’ when I saw the jam filling : ))
These were quick and easy to put together. I was a little worried when the dough seemed very oily, but the cookies ended up crisp and good. Mine were done in 17 minutes at 350. I used Bob’s Red Mill barley flour. (I had never worked with barley flour before. There’s a nice, slightly nutty flavor.) I used 4 different jams…lemon, fig, blackberry and raspberry. All were good. The maple flavor did not come through too strong. One might try honey or golden syrup as cheaper alternatives. I plan to add a teaspoon of vanilla to the batter next time to see if that adds a dimension of flavor. Definitely worth making.
I LOVE these and they are so easy to make too! The idea of a ‘wholesome’ or healthier cookie holds huge appeal for me (and most people). I plan on replacing my breakfast/cereal bars with them. Does anyone know the NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION on these?
Whoa,what’s going on guys? Why is everyone suddenly concerned with the nutritional info on these cookies? I have no idea, and I am guessing nobody does. Since the cookies call for jam, the jam used will effect nutritional info.
This cookie recipe is a winner. From the moment I read it in her cookbook, I knew that the thumbprints were going to be well received. I have made 3 batches in the last month. My college age daughter and her friends couldn’t get enough of them. Then they read the cookbook, loved the design, the photographs, and how well it was written. Then we had a great conversation about Gwyneth Paltrow and how talented she is. What a good afternoon of mother, daughter and friends bonding on a winter day with healthy cookies. Thank you, Gwyneth.
I made these cookies for my sister-in-law to have as healthy treats since she just became a mom. They were part of my care package and she loved them. I made some of the pasta dishes for her as well and my Mexican Papa loved the ragu. I have to say that I love reviewing cookbooks and I usually get a few good recipes out of them, but Paltrow’s book had many recipes that I look forward to cooking. It is family friendly and full of delicious ideas.
has anyone else found these difficult to form? I have tried various degrees of processing the nuts, and I always find that the cookies kind of fall apart when you try to put the indent in them, as well as after cooking. I find that I have to form the indent, repairing the edges as I go…is this just me, or has anyone else had this struggle – i am thinking I should try the recipe with less flour perhaps?
i just made these cookies tonight, and they were delicious!!! SO easy and fun to make! i didn’t have barley flour so i used spelt instead, and it worked perfectly!! i imagine the barley flour makes it more fluffy and soft–i’m excited to try that next time! i also subbed some of the almonds for pecans and the result was great :) love love love this recipe! thanks so much for sharing! it’s my new favorite cookie recipe, and so healthy too! =)