Cherry Brown Butter Bars

Cherry Brown Butter Bars

Something absolutely amazing happened. Something that will forever stick out in my mind. Something that will be one of my most memorable moments. This past Monday I shared a few minutes with my husband that I will never forget.

What happened?

Cherry Brown Butter Bars

He felt the baby move. Simply put, it was an incredible moment in time that we shared together and one that we will never forget.

After working the morning away, I came downstairs to spend a few minutes with my husband before he had to start getting ready for work. As I sat on the couch, I all of a sudden yelled, “Whoah!” He looked at me and asked, “What was that?” I told him that the baby was moving around quite a bit and the “Whoah” was a reaction to a big kick. His eyes lit up.

Cherry Brown Butter Bars

I had a feeling that he was going to be able to feel the baby so I asked him if he wanted to put his hand on my stomach. He walked over, sat on the couch, and rested his hand on my stomach … and that’s when the baby stopped moving. After waiting for a tiny bit, he walked back over to the counter. And then bam. Another kick. I started laughing and said, “Of course, the baby started moving as soon as you walked away.”

And then bam. Another big kick. I asked my husband to sit down next to me and wait it out for another kick. The baby was being super active and I was determined to have him feel his baby move for the first time.

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We both sat there quietly. I didn’t want to say anything because I wanted him to figure out and notice the kicks on his own. And then bam. I looked at him and saw his eyes light up again. His eyebrows raised as he looked at me and asked, “Was that a kick?” I smiled and responded with a simple, “Yes.”

He continued to keep his hand on my stomach while I tried to keep the tears from pouring out of my eyes. And then bam. Another kick. He couldn’t believe it. He was actually feeling his baby move.

And then bam. The infamous third kick happened. Why was it infamous?

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The third kick was the biggest movement of the day. The third kick was the movement that made my husband jump. The third kick was the movement that really hit it home for my husband. He immediately stood up, walked away, and took a deep breath. I immediately starting laughing at his unforgettable reaction.

My husband finally felt his baby move. My husband finally felt what he’s been wanting for such a long time. My husband finally felt something I’ve been wanting to share with him for weeks.

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As he put it, “I know I’m a rookie at this still, but that was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.” I couldn’t agree more.

A few nights later, as we were lying in bed chatting, the baby started moving. I asked my husband if he wanted to feel the baby again. He told me that he was a bit hesitant since he was still overwhelmed by the events that took place earlier in the week. After thinking about it for a few seconds, he reached over and placed his hand on my stomach. We laid there for a few minutes in silence as we focused on Nugget’s movements and we couldn’t help but look forward to all of the special moments to come.

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*I’m 22 weeks in the photos throughout this post.


Cherry Brown Butter Bars

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Filling:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups cherries, washed, pitted, and tossed with 2 teaspoons flour
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Make the crust: Mix the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl. Add flour and salt. Stir to combine. Press the dough into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for 18 minutes or until the crust is slightly brown. Remove from the oven and allow the crust to cool in the pan.
  3. Make the filling: Cook butter in a saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly for six minutes until the butter is brown. Allow the butter to cool. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, and salt. Add the flour and extracts and combine. Slowly mix in the brown butter.
  4. Sprinkle the cherries on top of the bottom crust.
  5. Pour the filling evenly over the cherries
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.

What is your favorite summer fruit?

*Recipe adapted from Tutti Dolci

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Comments

  1. So happy and excited for you Jen! Nothing is more exciting than feeling the baby move for the first time. Pregnancy is such an amazing experience, so glad you and your husband get to experience all of the joys of that little miracle growing inside of you! (Oh, and the bars look great too!)

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