Cream Cheese Arepas

Cream Cheese Arepas

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"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."
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25 m servings 173 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 173 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 6.9 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.6g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 352 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Heat arepas maker; lightly coat wells of the arepas machine with vegetable oil.
  4. 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.


  • Note:
  • 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.


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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 ...

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 r...

Very tasty!

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 turni...

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.

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