I apologize for taking so long to blog and let you know who the winners of the giveaway are. I was hit with a cold thanks to Grumpy. I called Grumpy yesterday just to say “I am sooooo sick and it’s all your fault!!!” I was looking for sympathy of course. Did I get any? Nope. He just laughs and say’s “No, it’s all Brian’s fault.” Yeah. Thanks Brian. For infecting Grumpy who turned around and infected me. I told Grumpy this morning I was going to go to his job and lay a big ole smooch on Brian and re-infect him. He just laughs at me again! I think the man takes some perverse pleasure in me being sick! In any case, this is the reason for my absence for the last few days. Today I am actually feeling better and able to do some things. After the giveaway announcement, I will tell you about those yummy looking brownies at the top of my page!

So, the winners of the Romano Macaroni Grill Giveaway are:
1. The Tangled Noodle who’s struggle was finding the “right amount” to make for just two. That is my problem also. However, sometimes Grumpy thinks I haven’t made enough. I hate to make waste. Or should I say waist? ;o)
2. Then there is Jenny. Jenny Mac’s Lip Smack. It has a cool ring to it doesn’t it? However, Jenny put me straight. She, being the teacher that she is ;o) made sure to correct me and let me know it was stuck a “feather” in his cap. ;o) LOL. Thanks Jenny. I hope you enjoy your Mmmmmmmacaroni! BTW, I did know it was a feather, I even played the song I linked to before I published the post….guess I didn’t proof well enough. Remember Jenny, I’m recuperating! LOL.
3. Thirdly, we have Rachelle of Mommy! I’m Hungry! I remember those days. Hey, wait. I still have those days……only it’s my husband crying he’s hungry….and he does the same thing Rachelle mentions – doesn’t have any suggestions about what to eat!!. Sigh. What is it with these hungry people who want us to cook so they can eat, but then they can’t give us any idea of what they would like? Well, here is hoping Rachelle will be able to satisfy them with the Macaroni Grill….it satisfied Grumpy. For a while anyway. ;o)
Now, on to the brownies! Not too long ago I was contacted by a representative from Stonyfield Farms. Being a yogurt fan, I was very familiar with the product they were offering me free coupons for. It was not easy finding the yogurt in my stores and I was pretty bummed. Before I was offered the coupons, I saw the yogurt often. Then, after receiving them, I couldn’t find it anywhere on the shelves!! Last week I see the yogurt made an appearance (however, still not the big containers) so I grabbed a couple of the smaller cups and brought them home knowing one thing I would try would be brownies!

The yogurt worked wonderfully in the recipe which follows:

Yogurt Brownies
1-5.3 oz cup Oikos Organic Greek yogurt
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
candy coated sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray.
Combine the yogurt, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, until thoroughly blended.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until blended. Stir in the chocolate morsels. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish. Sprikle with candy coated sesame seeds
Bake in preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Remove, and cool pan on wire rack before cutting.


About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Barbara Bakes April 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    These are so colorful and tasty looking! I haven’t tried the Greek yogurt, but have seen it called for in lots of recipes lately.

  2. Jessie April 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I love the m&ms in the brownies 🙂 The brownies not only look chocolatey but also moist and chewy! Just the way the perfect brownie should be 🙂

  3. Jessie April 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Whoops! sunflower seeds look a lot like m&ms! lol sorry for the mix up I should wear my glasses next time!

  4. Michelle April 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I must have been contacted by the same Stonyfield Farms rep because I, too, received a handful of free coupons for Oikos Greek Yogurt. 😉

    Should have done something more with the yogurt than eat it straight out of the container. Making brownies seems like a much better idea!

  5. Jenny April 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Mmmmm, they look so fun and delish! Great post Shelby, congrats to your winners. The pasta is good isn’t it? We loved it.

  6. Steph April 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    These brownies look so cute! I love the candy coated sunflower seeds.

  7. Donna-FFW April 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    First, congrats to the winners, lucky dogs.. Second, these brownies look awesome, my kids would devour them in 2 seconds flat.

  8. Maria April 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I am going to try these brownies! They are looking so good!

  9. Josie April 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I have some chocolate covered sunflower seeds I was trying to think of some way to use – thanks for the idea!

  10. Teanna April 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Mmm! I’ve never had yogurt brownies before! I’ve never even heard of yogurt brownies! I have a bunch of greek yogurt in my fridge – I will have to try this out!

  11. Creative One April 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Congrats to all the winners! I would have loved one of these brownies when I was having a chocolate craving yesterday. Looks so tasty. Love the addition of the candy coated sunflower seeds.

  12. Gabe's Girl April 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Hi, Shelby! How are you? Hope you have a speedy recovery!
    Where do you find candied sunflower seeds? I have never seen them. Can you make them or could you find them somewhere easy like Target or Wal-Mart? They look neat!

  13. Elyse April 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Congrats to the winner!! These brownies look totally amazing. I love that yogurt is what provides the moisture. How healthy! I hope you start feeling better soon. You should totally go reinfect Brian. I get a desire for revenge when I’m sick 🙂

  14. HoneyB April 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Gabe’s Girl – I found the candy coated sunflower seeds at a little specialty shop where they sell bulk foods. You could order them online here: http://www.nutsonline.com/seedsspices/sunflowerseeds/chocolate.html

  15. shellyfish April 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Candy-coated sunflower seeds? Wow, that would indeed be a fun treat! Those brownies look great, HoneyB!

  16. Liesl April 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    How fun and festive looking these brownies are! I have never had a candy coated sunflower seed, but this sure makes me want to taste em!

  17. Bellini Valli April 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Congratulations to the winners HoneyB. It would have been wonderful to celebrate with these brownies:D

  18. noble pig April 22, 2009 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    So colorful and pretty! Get better soon!

  19. Katy April 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Great spring time brownie or any time for that matter! I like the idea of Greek yogurt.

    Hope your recovery is full and immediate.

  20. Leslie April 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    YUM YUM YUM on the Colorful Brownies!!! I have Brownies on my brain!!! And Congrats to the winners!


  21. Pam April 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Yum Shelby – they look so good. I love the sunflower seeds.

    I got some coupons in the mail too but I can’t find the yogurt anywhere – I have been to 6 different stores looking for it…UGH!

  22. Bunny April 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I’m gla your feeling better Shelby. Those brownies look oh so good!!

  23. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen April 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    These look great! I love using yogurt in baking! That is so strange about not being able to find the oikos we have it in all our stores here in FL…I would send you some, but…ew.

  24. The Hungry Mouse April 22, 2009 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Oh wow! These look great. Very excited to use yogurt in a recipe like this. 😀


  25. Linda April 23, 2009 at 12:58 am - Reply

    These look great. I like the use of yogurt. Will try it out and take these to work as I know they will love them!

  26. Reeni♥ April 23, 2009 at 1:09 am - Reply

    They look moist and delicious and divine with those candy sunflower seeds!

  27. NikiTheo April 23, 2009 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Wow! These look so good! And candy coated sunflower seeds? Where on Earth did you find those! I need them now!

  28. Patsyk April 23, 2009 at 2:25 am - Reply

    I love that these brownies look nice and fudgey!

  29. Coleen's Recipes April 23, 2009 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Sitting here at my computer, I sure could go for one of your brownies!!

  30. Laura April 23, 2009 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Wow I have never considered yogurt in brownies and now I wonder why on earth not.

  31. Cristine April 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Now I want a brownie! 🙂

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  32. Tangled Noodle April 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Happy to hear you’re feeling much better – these brownies would surely revive me. I’m so excited to be one of the winners of your giveaway! Thank you so much!

    Now, back to these incredible brownies. I know Trader Joe’s sells candy-coated sunflower seeds and they are addictive! And I love your use of Greek yogurt in these – they look so chocolate-y moist!

  33. averagebetty April 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    YUM! I bet the yogurt makes them nice n’ rich tasting 🙂

  34. Megan April 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I love the color the seeds bring to the plate. Very nice job with that yogurt!

  35. stephchows April 23, 2009 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    These sound fantastic!! Totally giving them a try 🙂 printing now!

  36. oneordinaryday April 23, 2009 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I saw your photo on foodgawker and had to find out if those were sunflower seeds or not. I’ve only ever seen these in a store one time. Great idea to use them in brownies.

  37. Lori April 24, 2009 at 1:31 am - Reply

    These look so good. I have never heard of yogurt in brownies but I bet it would be delicious.

  38. Ingrid April 24, 2009 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Congrats to the winners!

    Love those candy coated sunflower seeds. I’ve never seen them in the stores. I’ll have to look harder!

  39. Juliana April 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    These brownies look so good…I love the coated sunflower seeds on the top. Looks really yummie!

  40. CookiePie April 25, 2009 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Greek yogurt in brownies??? YUM – must try those!

  41. Tracey April 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Those look fantastic! I also received some of those coupons for Greek yogurt and have been wondering what to make with them. I think these brownies are looking like a great option 🙂

  42. Anonymous April 25, 2009 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    i want to try them but i’m confused ..you have asked to melt butter but its not mentioned in the ingredients and then theres no mention about yogurt when mixing the mixtures .when do i add the yogurt ?
    hope you will clarify my doubts.

  43. HoneyB April 25, 2009 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Anonymous – thanks for bring that to my attention (and so sorry for your confusion!). My original recipe I use calls for butter. I replaced the butter with the yogurt. I made the changes on my recipe. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy them if you make them!

  44. The Food Librarian April 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    These brownies look wonderful! The colorful topping is just great too!

  45. Diana April 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Those brownies are so fun and colorful!

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