Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots – talk about yummy. You can make these sweet-tasting baby carrots at home. They are a favorite of many and the perfect side dish for any meal.
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Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots
Two of the qualities I love the most about carrots are that they are always in season and they are inexpensive. They are plentiful in grocery stores and markets all throughout the year.
Baby carrots are sweet and perfect for boiling or roasting (and snacking too!). Brown sugar glazed baby carrots are simply heavenly. Brown sugar elevates the flavor of carrots and makes this dish pair perfectly with meat, especially ham.
Here’s a quick list of what you need for making copycat Cracker Barrel carrots:
- Fresh baby carrots
- Brown sugar
- Ground nutmeg (optional)
Ingredient Substitutions and Variations
If you don’t have baby-cut carrots, you can use regular carrots. Simply cut them into 1-inch lengths.
While Cracker Barrel does not use butter in this carrot recipe, you can substitute butter for margarine.
How to Make Cracker Barrel Carrots
It’s easier than you think to make glazed baby carrots taste just like the Cracker Barrel. Here are the recipe steps:
- Rinse carrots and place them in a saucepan.
- Pour in enough water to cover the top of the carrots.
- Cover the pan with a lid.
- Bring the carrots to a boil over medium heat on the stovetop.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer the carrots for 30-45 minutes, until the carrots are fork-tender.
- When the carrots are tender pour half of the water out of the pan.
- Add margarine, sugar, and salt on top of carrots.
- Place lid back on the pan and cook until the carrots are completely tender but not mushy.
- For a little flair, add a pinch of ground nutmeg. You can also garnish them with chopped fresh parsley or thyme.
How to Store Cooked Baby Carrots
Refrigerate the cooked baby carrots within two hours of cooking. Cool them to room temperate then place them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.
You can freeze cooked carrots in a freezer-safe container or plastic freezer bag. Thaw the carrots in the refrigerator overnight before reheating them.
How long do cooked carrots last?
Properly stored, cooked carrots will last from 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator or 10 to 12 months in the freezer.
How to Reheat Glazed Baby Carrots
Place the carrots in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until warm, about 1 to 3 minutes depending on how many carrots you are reheating.
Love Cracker Barrel? Try these Copycat Recipes
- Loaded Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
- Cracker Barrel Potatoes
- Country Fried Apples
- Eggs in a Basket Recipe
- Cracker Barrel Roast Beef
- Cracker Barrel Homestyle Chicken
More Carrot Recipes
- How to Cook Carrots
- How to Cook Frozen Peas and Carrots
- Roasted Honey Glazed Carrot
- Shredded Carrot and Raisin Salad
- Easy Carrot Souffle Recipe
- Carrot Pudding
- Carrot Sheet Cake
Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots
- 2 pounds fresh baby carrots
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg optional
- Rinse the carrots and place them in a 2-quart saucepan with just enough water to cover the carrots. Cover the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, until the carrots are fork tender.
- Pour off half the water from the pan and add the margarine, sugar, and salt. Cover the pan and continue cooking until the carrots are completely tender but not mushy.
- Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and/or a pinch of ground nutmeg if desired.