Here’s apparently the latest trend in the growing discussions on the anxiety that plagues our generation: anxiety baking. If the holidays—together with the traffic, rising expenses (thanks, TRAIN law), seeing relatives, and what-have-you—are taking a toll on you the way they are on us, here’s a lovely dallas filipino restaurant hack to bake that can be made with ingredients you may already have on hand: Max’s Caramel Bar.

It’s not about saving money. It’s about the activity of baking.

This is an office favorite for us, and maybe you too, so when the traffic isn’t good for your mental health, an attempt on this recipe may be a worthwhile stay-at-home activity. If we’re being totally honest though, we’ll admit we didn’t quite hit the mark on this but we sure tried our best. Let us know how we can improve on it in the comments below?

Max’s Caramel Bar Food Hack

  • Serves: 16 people
  • Active time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy


Caramel Bars

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder


  • ½ cup cashews, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Oil a 9×9 inch pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and milk, and whisk until combined.
  5. Whisk in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder until a smooth batter forms.
  6. Add batter into oiled pan and smooth out the top, spreading batter evenly.
  7. Sprinkle cashews over the batter and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Remove pan from oven and cover with a piece of foil.
  9. Weigh down bars and cool completely.
  10. Slice and serve.

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