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Easy Dessert Recipes for Presidents

There are several reasons why you might need these easy dessert recipes which have been eaten by presidents of the United States, past and present:

  • The president’s coming to your house tomorrow and you don’t know what to make for dessert.
  • You just won the ‘President for a Day’ Contest, and you want your newly acquired chef to make you president-like desserts, but you have no idea what president-like desserts are like.
  • You’re having a tough history test tomorrow, and you need to know the favourite foods of every president of the United States.
  • You’re planning to run for president one day, and you strongly believe in the phrase, ‘You are what you eat’.

But regardless of the reason, this article contains a comprehensive list of free online easy dessert recipes for presidents which you will no doubt enjoy making from the comforts of own home. Well, to say that this article only contains easy dessert recipes would not be entirely true… There are a very few moderately-difficult desserts, mingled with other pastries, and sweet stuff which you may use as additions for your dessert table or for other reasons. But nonetheless, they are still enjoyable!

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Barack Obama

Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake: President Obama will eat this dessert on Inauguration Day. The apple cake is a nod to Abraham Lincoln’s love of apples and apple cake.

Crustless Coconut Pie: An Obama family recipe for crustless coconut pie.

Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop Peach Cobbler: President Obama raved about this peach cobbler served at a diner in his Chicago neighbourhood during a one-time gig as a food critic.

Eli’s Inauguration Cheesecake: The inaugural dessert created by the famous Eli’s Cheesecake for Obama’s Commander in Chief’s Ball.

Michelle Obama’s Apple Cobbler

Michelle Obama’s Shortbread Cookies: Visitors staying at either of Washington DC’s two Ritz Carltons for the inauguration will receive these cookies of Michelle Obama in their rooms.


George W. Bush

Apple Cider Creme Brulee: One of President George W. Bush’s favorite desserts, shared by retired White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier.

Baked Peaches Flambé: This dessert has been a favorite of President George W. Bush since his childhood.

Christmas Cherry Trifle: One of President Bush and the first Lady’s favorite Christmas recipes, shared by retired White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier.

Hot Chocolate: A hot chocolate recipe from Mrs. Bush’s kitchen.

Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies: A recipe for Laura Bush’s “Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies”.

Laura Bush’s Carrot Muffins

Rhubarb Parfait: Shared by retired White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier, a recipe made for President Bush’s family.

President Bush’s Favourite Brownies


Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton’s Oatmeal Cookies

Hillary Clinton’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lemon Chess Pie: Recipe for Bill Clinton’s favorite pie, as reported by Liza Ashley in her book “Thirty years at the Mansion.”

Peach and Blackberry Cobbler: One of President Bill Clinton’s favorite desserts, shared by retired White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier.

White House Egg Nog: White House egg nog as served at the Clinton White House.


George H. W. Bush

Barbara Bush’s Apple Crisp

Barbara Bush’s Chocolate Chips: This recipe is from the 1992 Bush-Clinton presidential campaign.

Barbara Bush’s Lemon Bars

Baked Apple Souffle: “In “All the Presidents’ Pastries,” chef Roland Mesnier included this sweet and tangy reduced-calorie souffle as a favorite of George H.W. Bush’s.”

George H.W. Bush’s Pralines


Ronald Reagan

Nancy Reagan’s Coconut Macaroons: The recipe was originally published in “Favorites of America’s Favorites” by Ruby Jeanne Caldwell (Quinlan Press).

Nancy Reagan’s Persimmon Pudding

Nancy Reagan’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Nancy Reagan’s Vienna Bars

Orange Flourless Chocolate Cake: This recipe is taken from “All the Presidents’ Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House” by Roland Mesnier with Christian Malard.

Ronald Reagan’s Vienna Chocolate Bars


Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter’s Cake

Jimmy Carter’s Dessert: A fitting tribute for the 39th president of the U.S.A. This pie is larger than life, and is topped with the peanut farmer’s favorite nut. Serves enough for a Habitat for Humanity work crew.

Jimmy Carter’s Peanut Brittle

Rosalynn Carter’s Peanut Butter Pie: Back in l977, when Jimmy Carter was President, Rosalyn Carter made a bunch of peanut butter pies. Here is the recipe.

Rosalynn Carter’s “Plains Special” Cheese Ring

Rosalynn Carter’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

Rosalyn Carter’s Strawberry Cake


Gerald Ford

Butter Pecan Ice Cream: Included here because it was President Gerald Ford’s favourite treat.

Betty Ford’s Blueberry Banana Bread

Betty Ford’s Chocolate Icebox Dessert

Gerald Ford’s Double Chocolate Chip Cookies


Richard Nixon

Pat Nixon’s California Fruit Salad

Pat Nixon’s White House Cookies

Pat Nixon’s Yorkshire Pudding

Richard Nixon’s Avocado Salad


Lyndon B. Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson’s Cheese Wafers: Served on all occasions: with salads, with cocktails, etc.

Lady Bird Johnson’s Chocolate Nut Drop Cookies

Lady Bird Johnson’s Famous Lemon Cake Recipe

Lady Bird Johnson’s Lace Cookies

Lady Bird Johnson’s Lemon Squares: Mollie Parnis Livingston, a dear friend of Mrs. Johnson’s, gave her this recipe for lemon squares and it was one of her favourites.

Lady Bird Johnson’s Peach Ice Cream

Lady Bird Johnson’s Strawberry Ice Box Pie

President Lyndon Johnson’s Favorite Banana Bread: Taken from the WHITE HOUSE COOKBOOK published in 1968.

White House Pecan Pie: A masterpiece of Zephyr Wright, the Johnson family’s White House cook.


John F. Kennedy

Cream Cheese and Strawberry Frozen Delight

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Boston Crème Pie

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Chilled Chocolate Mousse

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Crème Brulee

Jacqueline Kennedy Poached Red Plums

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Quiche Lorraine

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Waffles

Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate: Jackie Kennedy wanted to serve this dessert at a White House event.

White House Hot Fruit Dessert: Delicious baked fruit for breakfast, brunch or an elegant dessert.


Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mamie Eisenhower’s Chocolate Cake

Mamie Eisenhower’s Marble Cookies

Mamie Eisenhower’s Million Dollar Fudge: Mamie Eisenhower’s famous recipe for fudge.

Mamie Eisenhower’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Mamie Eisenhower’s Sugar Cookies Recipe

Mamie Eisenhower’s Swedish Spritzbaaken Cookie: This recipe was donated by Mrs. Eisenhower during her husband’s term in office to a church cookbook of cookie recipes.

Mamie Eisenhower’s Tomato Pudding Recipe

President Eisenhower’s Favourite Cake

Prune Whip: President Eisenhower’s favourite dessert.


Harry S. Truman

Bess Truman’s Bing Cherry Mould (Salad)

Bess Truman’s Butterscotch Cookies: One story tells of Bess inviting a reporter in on a cold December day to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies—perhaps these butterscotch cookies.

Bess Truman’s Frozen Lemon Pie

Bess Truman`s Ozark Pudding Recipe

Coconut Balls: This recipe for Coconut Balls has been served by Mrs. Truman for White House Teas.

Mrs. Butters’ Secret Key Lime Pie Recipe: Fern Butters’ frozen key lime pie was legend. Every time President Harry Truman went on his way to the “Little White House” in Key West, he stopped at Fern Inn for some of Fern Butters’ frozen key lime pie.

USS Missouri Buttermilk Pie Recipe: Master Chief Steward Harry Hightower served this pie to President Harry Truman.


Franklin D. Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Blueberry Pudding: From “The All American Cook Book: Favorite Recipes of Famous Persons.”

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Pecan Pie

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Pink Clouds on Angel Food Cake

Mrs. Nesbitt’s Plum Pudding: The Roosevelt’s housekeeper, Henrietta Nesbitt, made up her mind that there would be a plum pudding on the Christmas table, in spite of the severe rationing going on across the country.

President Roosevelt’s Birthday Cake


Herbert Hoover

Grandma Hoover’s Cream Peach Pie Recipe: This recipe comes to from Peg Anderson. Peg’s grandmother was married to George Hoover, first cousin to Herbert Hoover.

Lou Henry Hoover’s Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe


Calvin Coolidge

Grace Coolidge`s Ice Box Cookies Recipe


Warren G. Harding

Florence Harding’s Almond Cookies


Woodrow Wilson

Tea Cakes: Enjoy these tea cakes from Woodrow Wilson’t wife, Edith Bolling Wilson


William Howard Taft

President Taft Pumpkin Pie


Theodore Roosevelt

Edith Roosevelt’s Clove Cake

Edith Roosevelt’s Fat Rascals: In Edith Roosevelt’s most cherished cookbook, which now rests on a shelf in the parlour of Sagamore Hill, is this recipe for hot biscuits. One taste and you will see why Teddy Roosevelt enjoyed breakfast so much.

Sagamore Hill Sand Tarts: This recipe, particularly cherished in the family, was found on the inside cover of one of Edith Roosevelt’s many cookbooks.


Grover Cleveland

President Grover Cleveland’s White Cake and Frosting


Ulysses S. Grant

Boston Cream Pie: A pie eaten by President Ulysses Grant.

Rice Pudding with Lemon Sauce

President Ulysses Grant’s Lemon Pie


Abraham Lincoln’s

Gooseberry cobbler: Elderberries, gooseberries–all the old-time berries and fruits found favor with President Lincoln.

Mary Todd Lincoln’s White Almond Cake: ‘Best I ever ate,’ is what Abraham Lincoln had to say about this velvet crumbed white cake made with finely grated blanched almonds.

President Lincoln’s Lemon Custard Pie:  A taste of the pie that Lincoln loved, from “Lincoln’s Table: Victorian Recipes From Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois to the White House,” by Donna D. McCreary.


James Buchanan

Apees: It is certain that these cookies were much enjoyed by Pennsylvanians such as James Buchanan.

Confederate Pudding: Pennsylvania-born-and-bred Buchanan was no Confederate, but he did enjoy some of the rich and elegant desserts for which the South was justly famous.

Moss Rose Cake: This mid-century favorite couldn’t help pleasing President Buchanan, who liked the subtle flavor of almond in many dishes.

President James Buchanan’s Muscadine Grape Pie: Purportedly a serious lover of grapes, he planted and fastidiously cared for a large grape arbor at the white house.


James K. Polk

President James K. Polk Vinegar Pie: From “A Taste of the South” formatted by Mary Bowles.


John Tyler

President Tyler Pudding-Pie: This modified pudding-in-piecrust was a particular favorite of the family. 

A Grateful Pudding: A special favorite was this Grateful pudding, and old English pudding similar to bread pudding but with considerable flour and raisins and currants added.


William Henry Harrison

President William H. Harrison’s Pound Cake: This recipe, inspired by the original 1841 recipe, was reconfigured by test kitchen manager Noelle Carter to follow a more reliable modern method for making poundcake while still honoring the flavors of the original.


Martin Van Buren

Charlotte Russe: A cold dessert, similar to the original charlotte. Served at the White House during Martin Van Buren’s Presidency.


Andrew Jackson

Rachel Jackson’s Burnt Custard


James Monroe

Cream Jumbles: A recipe from the Monroe family.


James Madison

Cinnamon Woodbury Cake: A Madison tea would often include this Cinnamon Cake.

Dolley Madison’s Layer Cake: This recipe for layer cake was a Madison specialty, frequently served to guests.

Dolley Madison’s Soft Gingerbread: Preserved in White House files, the recipe has been used by many another First Lady, right up to our day.


Thomas Jefferson

Macaroons: This recipe is adapted from one Thomas Jefferson brought back from Paris, where he was ambassador.

Monticello Muffins: A muffin recipe commonly eaten and much enjoyed by Thomas Jefferson and his family.

President Jefferson’s Almond Custard

President Jefferson’s Favorite Bread Pudding Recipe

President Jefferson’s Recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream

President Jefferson’s Recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream (Legible): Legible version of President Jefferson’s Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.

Snow Eggs: James Hemings’ recipe for “Snow Eggs” written out by Thomas Jefferson’s granddaughter, Virginia.


John Adams

Abigail Adams Apple Pan Dowdy

Abigail Adams’ Beggar’s Pudding with Sack Sauce


George Washington

Martha Washington’s Great Cake: One of Martha Washington’s favourite recipes.

Martha Washington’s Candy

Martha Washington’s Cookies

Martha Washington’s Devil’s Food: An excellent choice for February parties or for any occasion where a deluxe cake is desired.

Martha Washington’s Fruit Cake Recipe

Martha Washington’s Pie

President Washington’s Cherry Pie Recipe

President Washington’s Cranberry Pudding: A Wisconsin favorite eaten during George Washington’s time.

Shrewsbury Cakes: A favourite of George Washington.


Other White House Recipes

Almond Crescent Cookies

Apricot Sunburst Soufflé

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mary’s Sugar Cookies

Presidential Cookies: Cookie Recipes of the Presidents of the United States

Pumpkin Pie with Ginger

Recipes from Laura Bush

White House Ginger Cookies

White House Holiday Recipes 1996

White House Holiday Recipes 1998


Recommended Books

All the Presidents’ Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House

Dessert University: More Than 300 Spectacular Recipes and Essential Lessons from White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier

Roland Mesnier’s Basic to Beautiful Cakes

The Bush Family Cookbook: Favorite Recipes and Stories from One of America’s Great Families

White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen

White House Family Cookbook

4 Comments to "Easy Dessert Recipes for Presidents"

  1. Adrian wrote:

    This is absolutely fascinating, it must have taken along time to do the research .

    I have bookmarked this,so I can serve Presidential Desserts,not just ordinary puddings!

    well done.

  2. admin wrote:

    Thank you. :) It really did take a long time to put together this post…

  3. Leigha Baer wrote:

    What great information! Since I love to cook and entertain, I am looking forward to trying several of these recipes. I’m sure a few of them will certainly make interesting conversation at a dinner party over desert and coffee. I’ll pass along your link to some of my friends who love to cook as well. Thanks again for putting this all together.

  4. admin wrote:

    You’re welcome :)

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