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Homemade Waffles Jackie Kennedy Recipe

If you are a fan of waffles you have got to try this recipe from Jackie Kennedy. The story goes that JFK's favorite thing to eat for breakfast were these waffles. They are so light and fluffy and oh so delicious.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
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Total Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, fluffy, soft, sweet
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 418kcal


  • Waffle Iron
  • Hand mixer
  • Spatula
  • Bowls
  • kitchen spray


  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter softened (113g)
  • 1 Tbsp of white granulated sugar 15g
  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk 240g (or use 7/8 cup of whole milk)
  • 1 cup of cake flour you may use All-purpose/plain flour (120g)
  • pinch/dash of salt
  • 4 tsp. of baking powder 16g


  • Separate the egg yolks from the whites and put each in separate bowls.
  • Beat the egg whites with a stand or hand mixer until you have stiff peaks. When you raise the beater out of the egg whites, the peak that is left should not fall over but hold its shape. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together the sugar and the butter. Then add in the egg yolks and mix until combined.
  • Next, add the cake flour and buttermilk a little at a time. So add 1/3 of your cake flour and 1/3 of your buttermilk. Mix them until incorporated. Then repeat the process, make sure to add in your salt too during one of those mixes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary throughout this process.
  • Fold in the egg whites with the waffle batter. Use a spatula. Don't stir, it will ruin the air you created with the egg whites. The batter is ready.
  • Give your waffle iron a good spray with kitchen spray and heat it up on medium heat if you have a temp dial. Then add some waffle batter, I usually use a soup ladle to add the batter. Close your iron and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes, if you have an indicator light, go by that. Otherwise, it should be nice and golden brown.
  • Use a fork or tongs to get under the waffle and place it onto a plate. Then serve it however you like. With maple syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, fruit sauce/compote, etc. Enjoy!



The calories do no reflect any toppings. This is per waffle if you were to make 4 large waffles from the batter, although you may be able to make more than 4 waffles.
List of nutritional facts for homemade waffles


Calories: 418kcal