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Irresistible Brown Sugar Baked Carrots Recipe

Indulge in the sweetness of brown sugar carrots with our delectable recipe. Discover how to elevate this classic side dish to new heights of flavor!

Looking for a delicious and vibrant side dish to complement your main course? Look no further than brown sugar carrots! This baked carrots recipe offers a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. 

Brown sugar glazed carrots make a delicious and vibrant addition to any meal, whether it’s a dinner on busy weeknights or a special occasion like a holiday dinner.

With a touch of brown sugar, this carrot recipe works with the natural sugars to create a mouthwatering dish with a sweet glaze that takes healthy vegetables to a whole new level.

The brown sugar caramelizes as it coats the sweet carrots throughout the roasting process, creating a glossy glaze that adds depth and richness, transforming simple carrots into a luscious and sweet side dish.

One of the best things about roasted glazed carrots is how easy they are to prepare. With just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, you can have a delicious side dish on the table in no time. 

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How to Make Brown Sugar Carrots 

If you scroll down, I have a printable recipe card for you with instructions and the full simple ingredients. 

Ingredient Checklist:

  • 10-12 Whole Carrots (usually 1 bag of carrots), peeled and then cut in half OR 2 dozen baby carrots.
  • teaspoon salt & pepper
  • cinnamon
  • dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Wash and peel the carrots, removing any dirt or blemishes. Trim off the tops and cut them into evenly sized pieces, such as diagonal slices or sticks.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir until well combined.

Add the sliced carrots to the bowl and toss them with the brown sugar mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.

brown sugar added to carrots

Place carrots to the prepared baking sheet, spreading them out in a single layer. 

Roast the carrots in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are tender and caramelized, flipping them once halfway through the cooking time. 

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Keep an eye on the carrots during the last few minutes of cooking to prevent them from burning. The brown sugar will melt and caramelize, creating a glossy glaze on the carrots.

Once the carrots are roasted to your desired tenderness and have a golden brown color, remove them from the oven.

Garnish the roasted carrots with chopped fresh herbs, if desired, to add an extra burst of flavor and freshness.

Store leftover carrots in an airtight container. You can reheat them in the microwave or on the stove top on medium-high heat.

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How to Slice Carrots

  • Start by washing the carrots under cool running water to remove any dirt or debris. Use a vegetable brush to scrub off any stubborn dirt. 
  • If desired, peel the carrots using a vegetable peeler. Trim off the green tops and bottoms of the carrots using a sharp knife. Remove any green stems or leaves attached to the carrot.
  • For oven-baked carrots, aim for uniform thickness to ensure even cooking. Place the trimmed carrot on a cutting board. Hold the carrot steady with one hand and use a sharp knife to slice it into the desired shape. For rounds, slice the carrot crosswise into even slices. For sticks, cut the carrot lengthwise into long strips and then slice them into sticks. For diagonal slices, cut the carrot at an angle to create elongated pieces.
  • Try to maintain a consistent thickness for even cooking. If you prefer softer carrots, slice them slightly thicker. For a quicker cooking time and slightly firmer texture, slice them thinner.
  • Once the carrots are sliced, they are ready to be arranged on a baking sheet for baking. Make sure to spread them in a single layer with enough space between each piece to promote even cooking and browning.
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What to Serve with Brown Sugar Carrots:

Brown sugar carrots are not only delicious, but they also complement a wide range of main courses.

So, what pairs well with glazed carrots? They are the perfect side dish to savory dishes, enhancing the overall dining experience.

With their versatility, brown sugar carrots are an excellent choice for everyday meals or special occasions. Prepare them for your next dinner party or enjoy them as a family-favorite side dish – the possibilities are endless.

Some suggestions for what to serve alongside brown sugar baked carrots include your favorite recipes such as roast chicken, steak, salmon, pork chops and vegetarian options such as roasted vegetable medleys, stir fries and salads. 

Baked carrots are a popular side dish for holiday meals, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, where they complement the richness of traditional dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and roasted turkey.

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FAQs about Oven Baked Glazed Carrots 

Can I use other sweeteners instead of brown sugar?

Yes, you can experiment with different sweeteners to suit your taste preferences or dietary needs. Options like maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar can be used as alternatives to brown sugar. Just keep in mind that the flavor and texture may vary slightly based on the sweetener you choose.

Can I make brown sugar carrots ahead of time?

Absolutely! Brown sugar carrots can be prepared ahead of time and reheated when needed. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, gently warm them in the oven or on the stovetop until heated through.

Can I adjust the sweetness level of brown sugar carrots?

Yes, you have the flexibility to adjust the sweetness of the dish according to your preference. If you prefer a milder sweetness, reduce the amount of brown sugar in the recipe. Conversely, if you have a sweet tooth, you can increase the amount of brown sugar. Keep in mind that adjusting the sweetness may impact the overall flavor balance, so it’s recommended to make gradual changes and taste as you go.

Can I add other spices or seasonings to brown sugar carrots?

Absolutely! Brown sugar carrots can be customized with various spices and seasonings to add depth and complexity to the dish. Common options include cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or even a sprinkle of herbs like fresh thyme or rosemary. Experiment with different combinations to find your favorite flavor profile.

How long to roast carrots at 350 degrees?

When roasting carrots at 350 degrees F, the cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of the carrots. As a general guideline, small to medium-sized carrots typically take about 25-30 minutes to roast, while larger carrots may require 35-40 minutes. 

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Brown Sugar Baked Carrots

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Discover a delightful side dish with our oven baked carrots recipe. These tender, flavorful and buttery carrots are perfectly roasted to bring out their natural sweetness. This easy and delicious side dish will become your favorite way to enjoy carrots. 

Ingredients

  • 10-12 Carrots, peeled and then cut in half OR 2 dozen baby carrots.
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter, diced

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Wash and peel the carrots, removing any dirt or blemishes. Trim off the tops and cut them into evenly sized pieces, such as diagonal slices or sticks.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir until well combined.

Add the sliced carrots to the bowl and toss them with the brown sugar mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.

Place carrots to the prepared baking sheet, spreading them out in a single layer. 

Roast the carrots in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are tender and caramelized, flipping them once halfway through the cooking time. 

Keep an eye on the carrots during the last few minutes of cooking to prevent them from burning. The brown sugar will melt and caramelize, creating a glossy glaze on the carrots.

Once the carrots are roasted to your desired tenderness and have a golden brown color, remove them from the oven.

Garnish the roasted carrots with chopped fresh herbs, if desired, to add an extra burst of flavor and freshness.

Store leftover carrots in an air-tight container. You can reheat them in the microwave or on the stove top on medium-high heat.

Did you make this recipe?

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baked carrots

Brown Sugar Baked Carrots

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Discover a delightful side dish with our oven baked carrots recipe. These tender, flavorful and buttery carrots are perfectly roasted to bring out their natural sweetness. This easy and delicious side dish will become your favorite way to enjoy carrots. 

Ingredients

  • 10-12 Carrots, peeled and then cut in half OR 2 dozen baby carrots.
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter, diced

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Wash and peel the carrots, removing any dirt or blemishes. Trim off the tops and cut them into evenly sized pieces, such as diagonal slices or sticks.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir until well combined.

Add the sliced carrots to the bowl and toss them with the brown sugar mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.

Place carrots to the prepared baking sheet, spreading them out in a single layer. 

Roast the carrots in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are tender and caramelized, flipping them once halfway through the cooking time. 

Keep an eye on the carrots during the last few minutes of cooking to prevent them from burning. The brown sugar will melt and caramelize, creating a glossy glaze on the carrots.

Once the carrots are roasted to your desired tenderness and have a golden brown color, remove them from the oven.

Garnish the roasted carrots with chopped fresh herbs, if desired, to add an extra burst of flavor and freshness.

Store leftover carrots in an air-tight container. You can reheat them in the microwave or on the stove top on medium-high heat.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

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Karen

Wednesday 29th of May 2024

I use dill weed in place of cinnamon, tastes incredible. Compliments turnips as well.

Audrey

Tuesday 16th of January 2024

Hello, I would love to try these carrots in my air fryer that has a bake option. Do you think the temperature would be the same?

momma lew

Tuesday 16th of January 2024

I believe it would!

Melissa Ziolkowski

Thursday 2nd of November 2023

Can I cook them in a crockpot? I can't wait to try these...yumm

momma lew

Friday 3rd of November 2023

I never tried before, but I don't see why not!

Carol H-R

Friday 15th of September 2023

Had 2 lbs. of whole carrots and made them per your recipe; I love carrots but OMG these are fantastic. I had to stop myself from eating the entire batch. Thank you!👍😊

Aida

Monday 14th of November 2022

I a little bit confused on your notes it says If using baby carrots, you will need to adjust your time to 45-60 minutes, But for the regular size the Baking time says 25-30 minutes. Why do the Baby Carrots need more time?

momma lew

Monday 14th of November 2022

Baby carrots are a lot firmer than regular carrots and take a longer time to cook.

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