John F. Kennedy’s Favorite Waffle Recipe
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John F. Kennedy’s Favorite Waffle Recipe

Whip up a batch of presidential waffles

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was many things: the 35th president of the United States (the youngest ever elected and the first Catholic), a father of four, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1957, a short-term student at Princeton University (before transferring to Harvard), and a decorated combat veteran.

He was also a fan of waffles. Kennedy’s favorite waffle recipe was recently tweeted by OurPresidents, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate National Waffle Day — or any other day of the year for that matter!

Though the Kennedys did have their own private cook, this waffle recipe was regularly prepared by Jaqueline Kennedy herself for her children and husband.


1/2 cup of butter

1 tablespoon sugar

2 egg yolks

7/8 cup of milk, or one cup buttermilk

1 cup and one tablespoon of sifted cake flour

1 pinch of salt

2 stiff beaten egg whites

4 teaspoons baking powder


Cream butter and sugar, add egg yolks. Beat. Add flour and milk alternatively. 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.

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Bake and serve with hot maple syrup and melted butter.