Saturday, August 14, 2010

Coconut Macaroons (Filipino Style) And My First Ever Giveaway!! (Giveaway Now Closed)

That's right! The major role you guys play in this blog post is that you guys get to enter my first ever giveaway!! Let me explain a little bit about the giveaway, talk about this week's food creation, then back to the giveaway, okay? Once again, I was approached by CSN stores. Remember how I was able to review a product for CSN? Well, they're back and this time you guys get the opportunity to win something great in my FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY! Trust me, this is a great giveaway!! Definitely give CSN a look see. They have so many great products for your dining room such as Kitchen Tables, for your kitchen such as appliances and baking pans, and even things for dogs! They have so many websites specified to different products that the possibilities are endless. More on this giveaway later. Time for this week's food post.

For a coconut lover, coconut macaroons must be a top favorite because they are so jam-packed full of coconut. That slightly chewiness and "crunchy" texture from the coconut is to die for. However, these aren't any other macaroons. These are the Filipino Coconut Macaroons. I mean, basically all Coconut Macaroons use the same ingredients: eggs, sweetened condensed milk and coconut of course. However, the Filipino Coconut Macaroons are made in paper cups and sometimes a crust. Why did I decide to make these? When I made Granola weeks ago, I used coconut and when my mom saw that, she immediately said "Are you making coconut macaroons?". My mom told me that when she was living in the Philippines, at every wedding anniversary of her parents, her parents' cousins always served the Filipino Coconut Macaroons and it was her favorite. She described it as the same coconut macaroons but the difference was it had a crust to it. So, I went searching for a recipe like that one but no such luck. There was no recipe that contained the crust. I did find a recipe for Macapuno Tarts but my mom said it was different. So, I just made the Filipino Coconut Macaroons with paper cups as stated.

What was the result? These were chewy, had a nice crust to them, moist in the center and had a great texture from the coconut. However, it was a little sweet for my taste so I may reduce the sugar a bit in the future. Overall, really good recipe. My mom even liked it. The recipe will be at the end of this post!

Now, back to my FIRST EVER, SPECTACULAR GIVEAWAY!!! (Now Closed)
Like I said before, I was approached by CSN to do a giveaway this time. What's this SPECTACULAR GIVEAWAY you ask? CSN Stores is giving you the chance to win a $60 Gift Certificate for any of their online stores! Sounds fantastic, right? I don't exactly know what to do for a giveaway but I looked around at how other people formatted their giveaways and here's the criteria to enter:

You must be a follower of "AJ's Cooking Secrets" through the Google Friend Connect located on the left side bar of my blog to enter this giveaway. If you are not a follower, your entry and/or entries will not be counted.

You have THREE chances to enter!! (Be sure to place your email in your comment and, if entering multiple times, make different comments for the entries. It makes it easier for me)
1. Leave a comment stating what you would like to buy from CSN Stores with the fantastic $60 Gift Certificate along with your email.
2. Follow me on Twitter @aaronjohn04 and leave a comment below stating that you have become a follower. If you are already a follower of my twitter page, leave a comment stating that you are.
3. Become a fan/liker of my Facebook Fan Page : AJ's Cooking Secrets and leave a comment below stating that you have become a fan/liker. If you are already a fan/liker of my FB Fan Page, leave a comment stating that you are.

**If entering all three times, leave three different comments.

Important Guidelines:
-Must be a follower of this blog, "AJ's Cooking Secrets", through Google Friend Connect located on the left side bar for your entry/entries to count. Anyone who "enters" without being a follower of this blog will not be entered into the drawing.
-The Giveaway will last until Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be drawn using Random.org. The winner will then be announced in a blog post, on my facebook page and emailed that they are the winner. From there, the winner will be contacted by CSN Stores where you will receive a Gift Certificate Code.

Great giveaway, right? Remember, have your email in your comment!! The more entries you have, the better chance you have to win!! :DD Good Luck to all!!

Filipino Coconut Macaroons
Ingredients
14 oz. of shredded coconut
14 oz. can condensed milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup butter
½ cup light brown sugar
3 eggs

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Once butter has softened add it to mixing bowl and cream it by gradually adding sugar until blended. Then add vanilla extract, eggs and condensed milk. Mix all ingredients well. Once mixed, add coconut and stir into mixture using a spatula. Once all ingredients are incorporated spoon into mini muffin cups and bake for approx. 15 – 20 minutes until they are slightly golden brown on top.

Coconut Macaroons (Filipino Style) on Foodista

40 comments:

  1. Coconut macaroons are so good! I like the idea of these having a 'crust', plus putting them in muffin cups would make them a lot easier to hand out to people (which I do A LOT of). I'm gonna try these with some chocolate topping! Great recipe :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love CSN. They have so much stuff that it's really hard to decide what to get! I think I'd get a new tart or pie dish. I can also never have enough cookie sheets :)

    I already Follow you on Google, and I already Like you on Facebook! :) :)


    Jess
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  2. I'm a follower and I would love a new lamp for my bedroom

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  3. I'd use it toward a guidecraft kitchen helper. Thanks for the chance

    I follow on gfc

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  4. The coconut macaroons look absolutely delicious. I saw you made quite a few, any leftovers? hehe.

    The giveaway sounds great but I don't think CSN is available in the UK... :(

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  5. Ooooo I haven't these macaroons in years! Looks great AJ!

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  7. I seriously just realized from this post that macaroons and macarons were two different things. Sometimes I really am a blonde. Anyway, these look delicious! I love anything with coconut & it's a great idea to make them in muffin cups.

    As for the giveaway, I would love a bundt pan or a creme brulee set, two things I've been really wanting to try. Thanks for the chance! I just became a follower on Facebook too.

    Kerry
    kmhamilton22[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. I would order a medicine ball and some baking pans.

    tahearn at roadrunner dot com

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  9. I am following on twitter.

    @tahearn

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  10. Hey dude this blog is crazy now! freakin givaways!

    michaelappelgate_2013@depauw.edu

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  11. these look delicious AJ. Nice job. I love coconut so these would not last long in my house (=

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  12. Thanks for the comment- LOVE MACAROONS and would love to get some new cooking goodies from CSN!

    claireamberson@gmail.com

    www.clearlyclaireblog.blogspot.com

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  13. When you say macaroons to a Pinoy, this is the picture that they see in their minds not the meringue kind=) this is such a typical Pinoy dessert ever present during fiestas and birthdays. Love love love it. Sayang, there are no CSN stores here in the Phils. =)

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  14. I am following on Google Friend Connect!

    I LOVE coconut macaroons!

    bao.carmen at gmail dot com

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  15. I forgot to mention in my last comment what I'd like from CSN - I would get a new pie pan or baking dish. Thanks!

    bao.carmen at gmail dot com

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  16. Great site and great idea with the gift card. Good luck to everyone!

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  17. I am following your blog via Google Friends Connect.

    dizzybloom(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  18. I would love to use the $60 towards the Cuisinart 10 cup Food Processor.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter my name.

    dizzybloom(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  19. I follow you on Twitter @HeartnSoulmom

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  20. I am a fan of yours on facebook

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  21. I'm a big-time follower of this blog yo!

    Michaelappelgate_2013@depauw.edu

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  22. andddd I think I would buy a nice floor lamp for my dorm because I don't think I can find anymore on the side of the street ahahaha!

    michaelappelgate_2013@depauw.edu

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  23. Those macaroons look fabulous, and I'm even allergic to coconut (how sad for me, right?).

    I would love to get a Le Creuset 6 qt stock pot from CSN. Thanks for the chance.

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  24. Twitter follower duckybunny
    (email in my blogger profile btw)

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  25. Ugh those look sooo yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe! And thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    If I won I'd get a new BETTER food processor, right now all I have is a 9.99 special from the drug store :X

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  26. Follow on Twitter @PennyPixie

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  27. FB liker as pennypinchingpixie

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  29. I'd buy the Rowenta Auto-Steam Iron

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  30. i follow you on twitter c5519

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  31. I'm following you on GFC, and I would love to get some Le Creuset ...(there are even some pieces on sale!). Thanks!

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  32. I am following you on twitter @rusthawk.

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  33. If I could eat one food for a year, it'd be coconut! I LOVE all things made with this one very versatile and nutritious food.

    At CSN, I would probably stock up on essentials, like a new knife or two. I am always needing a good knife.

    april_8114 at yahoo dot com

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  34. How long can these be stored at room temperature?
    Thanks!

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  35. RA: They last about a week. My dad ate them a week later and it was fine. :)

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  36. Thanks Aaron. I just made this and they are very brown on top, but the inside is a bit gooey, is it supposed to be like that, or are they undercooked?

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  37. By gooey do you mean liquidy? It shouldn't be so soft that it looses its shape when you remove the papers. My guess is that you undercooked them. I forgot if I did this or not but I think I remembered using a toothpick to see if they were done on the inside as well just like a cupcake. I would suggest, putting foil on top and popping them back into the oven if you just took them out right now. Hopefully they still turn out alright! :)

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  38. Hi Aaron, sorry for the late reply back to you (vacation). I was able to save them and put them back in the oven, as you said, with foil on top. They were great. My husband and his staff loved them. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

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  39. mmMMmm I lovee coconut macaroons! I'm looking forward to making this! :D

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-Aaron John

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