President Kennedy’s Favorite Waffles

Last night my five year old decided he was going to spend his first night away from home at my brother’s house. Because of this, my brother told me that he would be making the kids waffles for breakfast as a fun slumber party meal. So, of course, I woke up this morning craving waffles. As I was sitting down to breakfast, I started eating and I instantly knew I just had to blog about these waffles. Our family loves waffles and I have several different recipes, but this one tends to be our standard go to every time. These waffles are not heavy or dense, but light and airy. They are such a great waffle.


When JFK was president, apparently his family was constantly receiving requests for their favorite recipes. This particular recipe has shown up in multiple publications since then. It is said that the first lady made these waffles for her family often and for good reason. They’re fantastic! You do need to beat egg whites until stiff, but the end result is totally worth it. The recipe I’ve listed here has been copied from the National Archives Catalog. Give them a try, you won’t regret it.


President Kennedy’s Favorite Waffle Recipe

½ cup butter
1 tbsp. sugar
2 egg yolks
7/8 cup milk, or 1 cup buttermilk
1 cup plus 1 tbsp. of sifted cake flour
1 pinch salt
2 stiff beaten egg whites
4 tsp. baking powder

1. Cream butter and sugar, add egg yolks. Beat. Add flour and milk alternately. This may be done at any time. When ready to bake fold in egg whites, and add baking powder. Mixture should be thick and fluffy.

2. Cook in a waffle iron and serve with hot maple syrup and melted butter.

Note: I prefer to use buttermilk over milk in this recipe. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding white vinegar or lemon juice to your milk and let it sit for a few minutes before using. It will turn your milk into buttermilk.


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