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Rolo basbousa

A delicious semolina cupcakes drizzled with syrup and stuffed with Rolo chocolate.
Author: Amira (@amiraspantry)


  • 1 1/2 cup semolina.
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
  • * 1/4 cup coconut flakes.
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1 cup yogurt.
  • Frozen Rolo chocolate- or any caramel chocolate- for filling

For drizzling

  • 1 cup granulated sugar.
  • 1 cup water.
  • A dash of vanilla powder.


  • In a bowl, add all the dry ingredients.
  • Add melted butter and yogurt.
  • Mix until very well combined.
  • Fill your cupcake holes with 1.5 tablespoon if the batter, add a Rolo chocolate, then cover with another 1.5 tablespoon of the batter. Repeat until all the batter is gone, mine filled only 11 not 12.
  • Bake in a pre heated 350F oven until it starts to brown from the edges, then turn on the broiler for 5 more minutes until it is golden brown. Keep an eye on it, will take from 20-25 minutes and be careful not to overcook or it will turn hard and super crunchy.
  • Meanwhile prepare the simple syrup by combining all the ingredients, bring to a boil , reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • When the basbousa is done, drizzle with simple syrup while both are hot.
  • Let it cool down and come to room temperature.
  • Enjoy!!


* The use of coconut flakes is optional see the post for details.