Using milk instead of water in the arepas will make them a little richer, a little denser, and, that's right - delicious! Split and serve with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey, or make a breakfast sandwich with a drizzle of maple syrup, a slice of cheese and cooked ham, and a fried egg.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
10 mins
25 mins
4 arepas


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Mix milk, cream cheese, and salt in a mixing bowl; whisk together until smooth and foamy. Add sugar and arepas flour to milk mixture; mix with a spatula until dough is soft, thick, and workable, about 1 minute.

  • Divide dough into 4 portions (for the 4 wells in the maker). Form each quarter into a ball and use wet hands to gently shape it into a thick patty about 1/2-inch thick. If you see little cracks on the outside, the dough may be a little too dry; add more milk.

  • Heat arepas maker; lightly coat wells of the arepas machine with vegetable oil.

  • Place patties into wells of maker, close lid, and let cook through one cooking cycle of machine, about 5 minutes. For a crisper crust, flip arepas, using a wooden spoon or spatula, and repeat cooking cycle for 5 more minutes. Patties will be crusty and browned on both sides and the insides will be cooked all the way through.


You can make arepas using a heavy skillet over medium heat; spray with cooking oil, place arepas into the hot skillet, and cook until bottoms are crusty and brown, about 5 minutes. Flip arepas and cook other side until browned, 3 to 5 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

173 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 23.6g; fat 6.9g; cholesterol 19.6mg; sodium 352.4mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is delicious is just different from the classic colombian arepa. But its so tasty that definitely worth to try...Only one thing use butter instead of vegetable really make a difference!!!! Enjoy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is good with vegan cream cheese! I actually used cornmeal instead of crn flour and needed to increase the amount by 3/4 cup extra cornmeal. Wonderful taste! Thanks for the recipe! It reminds me of what a friend treated me to years ago! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very tasty! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Grandma told me to use warm water but i used warm milk the cream cheese and I add mozzarella cheese flaked or shredded made the arepas1/2 inch thick and place in a frying pan at medium turning every 20 seconds. We do not have electric appliance as in the video. Very good and tasty with a good cup of coffee without the honey. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Definitely different than traditional recipes but easy and worth the try especially if you prefer a DENSER cake. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Thanx for the delightful recipe. My cockatiel loves these! I like them too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Haven't tried this recipe because I don't have and can't find the flour. Also discovered that you don't need an arepas maker...can just use a heavy skillet. I missed seeing that in the recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I'm used to the arepas from following the recipe on the back of the P.A.N. bag. Just flour water salt. These had a nice flavor but the texture was just too dense. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are fantastic arepas! I made them for my Colombian family and they raved about them. Thank you Chef John. Read More