Kennedys Buttermilk Waffles

Kennedy’s Buttermilk Waffles

Everyone needs a good waffle recipe. So why not choose light, flavorful buttermilk waffles that just happened to be the favorite of an iconic American president and his family? Presenting Jackie and John Kennedy’s recipe for waffles — often requested by the president and the public alike.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon cake flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon baking powder (or 4 teaspoons)


  1. Preheat and grease a waffle iron according the directions.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg yolks and beat until combined.
  3. Alternately add the flour and buttermilk.
  4. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks.

    PRO TIP: For maximum stability and fluffiness, use room-temperature eggs and make sure there is not a trace of fat or egg yolk in the bowl.

  5. When ready to make the waffles, fold in the egg whites and baking powder. The mixture should be light and fluffy.
  6. Bake in the waffle iron and serve with warm maple syrup and melted butter.