Joanna Gaines shares three easy (and two-ingredient) Christmas treats

Magnolia queen Joanna Gaines is gearing up for a big 2018. She and husband Chip have left “Fixer Upper” and are sitting cozily on top of a Waco-based empire that now includes the state’s second-most-visited tourist destination, a magazine, a line at Target and a forthcoming cookbook.

Joanna Gaines’ first cookbook comes out in April. Contributed by HarperCollins

Ahead of the April release of “Magnolia Table,” Gaines has been posting even more food than ever on her social media channels, including a super popular Instagram post showing off three of the very easiest Christmas candy projects: peanut clusters, chocolate-dipped Ritz cracker sandwiches and Rolo-coated pretzels.

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Joanna Gaines shared her favorite way to make peanut clusters on Instagram recently. Contributed by @joannagaines

To make the peanut clusters, simply melt stir peanut into melted chocolate bark and then scoop onto a parchment-lined pan to cool.

As she showed in her Instagram story, you can take that melted chocolate and dip Ritz crackers or Ritz cracker peanut butter sandwiches and then dip them in colorful sprinkles.

The third recipe she showed was pretty brilliant, I must say. Instead of dipping pretzels in the chocolate, she placed a Rolo — those caramel-filled chocolates — on top of a pretzel and then melted them in the oven to create a salty, crunchy treat that you’ll be munching all holiday weekend.

Rolos melted on top of pretzels are a holiday favorite in the Gaines house. Contributed by @joannagaines

 

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