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Dessert Week: Gwyneth Paltrow's Lalo Cookies

Every­body has a celebrity friend. It's the per­son you've decided is a buddy because the per­sona you've mate­ri­al­ized in your head about them best fits your require­ments for a last­ing friendship. Basically, you pretty much think you'd have a shot of being their friend if they just had the good for­tune to meet you. Ceri's celeb friend is Gwyneth Pal­trow. For sure they'd be life­long pals. Gwyneth would share Tracy Ander­son with Ceri, and they'd laugh over their mutual appre­ci­a­tion for man­ners (that Madonna…oh, she's so crass.) Apple would be besties with Esme and Moses would show Julian the ropes around Prim­rose Park. They'd be pretty tight, I'm sure. It's why Ceri's going to be so pissed when she finds out Gwyneth and I spent a morn­ing bak­ing together.

OK, what­ever. I didn't do any­thing with her but bake from her new cook­book, My Father's Daugh­ter. What can I say, my celeb friend Jen­nifer Anis­ton isn't return­ing my calls. My Father's Daugh­ter is a beau­ti­ful hard cover about her father's pas­sion for cook­ing and how he imparted it within his ador­ing daugh­ter. Filled with healthy, fam­ily dishes, Gwyneth sur­rounds the recipes with sto­ries about their warm his­tory within her fam­ily as well as frank dia­logue about her per­sonal nutri­tional deci­sions and preferences. It's a beau­ti­fully paced book filled with gor­geous images. You're also treated to old fam­ily pho­tos and shots of her chil­dren assit­ing in the meal preparation. Paltrow shares a lot of the wis­dom that foodie friends and celebrity chefs have taught her, so it saves me the air­miles and net­work­ing I'd need to cre­ate the card cat­a­log of cook­ing acu­men piled high in this book. All in all, it has me han­ker­ing to make her sweet potato ravi­oli, tuna and gin­ger burg­ers as well as home­made root beer floats. However, as soon as I cracked the spine, there was one recipe I was deter­mined to make first:  lalo cook­ies. I'd heard Pal­trow talk about them dur­ing some of  her inter­views I caught while she pro­moted the book. I loved the idea that they were so healthy she fed them to her kids for breakfast.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Lalo Cook­ies from My Father's Daughter

Yeilds about 50 cookies

4 cups bar­ley flour
3 cups raw whole almonds crushed in a food proces­sor (about ten 2-second pulses)
1 tea­spoon fine salt
1 tea­spoon ground cin­na­mon
1 cup canola oil
1 cup real Ver­mont maple syrup

Your favorite jam (blue­berry, rasp­berry, and apricot)


Pre­heat the oven to 350.

Com­bine all the ingre­di­ents except for the jam together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Form into tabe­spoon­ful balls and space them evenly on cookie sheet. Using your index fin­ger, make an indent in each cookie. Fill each indent with a small spoon­ful of jam. Bake until cook­ies are evenly browned, about 20 min­utes. Let cool before eating.

A great treat for Scar­lett and her friends after their weekly music class, we made the cook­ies one morn­ing. They came together quickly since the recipe doesn't have a laun­dry list of ingre­di­ents. Scar­lett loved mak­ing the lit­tle balls and then press­ing her fin­ger into the cen­ter. She got tired of fill­ing the indents with the jam, but I was able to whiz through the process. I did think you could eas­ily sub in sun­flower seeds for the almonds if you wanted to make them suit­able for chil­dren with nut allergies.

I cut the recipe in half, but later kicked myself for doing so. Every­one (moms, kids and tod­dlers) loved these cookies.  And, as you could guess, we ate them for break­fast the fol­low­ing morning.


One Comment

  1. cindy says:

    what could I use instead of bar­ley flour, as it is not avail­able near me?

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