Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Baby Carrots

Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots—talk about yummy. You can make sweet-tasting baby carrots at home. These are a favorite of many, the perfect side dish for any meal.

Two of the qualities I love the most about carrots is that they are always in season, and they are inexpensive. If you don’t have baby-cut carrots, just regular size carrots, you can use those. Simply cut them into 1-inch lengths.

Homemade copycat Cracker Barrel baby carrots in a wood bowl.;

How to Make Carrots Like Cracker Barrel

It’s easier than you think to make glazed baby carrots taste just like the Cracker Barrel. You will need some fresh baby-cut carrots, margarine, brown sugar, and salt.

You can add a little extra flair by using a pinch of nutmeg to finish off the carrots. While the Cracker Barrel does not use butter in this carrot recipe, you can substitute the margarine for butter.

Ingredients for homemade copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots.

This recipe is as simple as adding all of the ingredients to a pot and allowing the carrots to cook for about 30 minutes. I love serving this side dish because it takes no effort at all.

Homemade copycat Cracker Barrel baby carrots and a spoon in a bowl.

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Homemade copycat Cracker Barrel baby carrots in a wood bowl.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Baby Carrots

Love those buttery sweet carrots at the Cracker Barrel?  Make them at home. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cracker Barrel Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 71kcal


  • 2 pounds fresh baby carrots
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg optional


  • Rinse carrots and place in a 2-quart saucepan. Pour in enough water to just cover the top of the carrots. Cover the pan with a lid, place on medium heat, and bring to a boil. 
  • Turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, until the carrots are tender when pricked with a fork. When carrots are tender, pour off half of the water. Add the margarine, sugar, and salt and place the lid back on the pan. 
  • Cook until completely tender but not mushy. More salt may be added if needed. For a little flair, add a pinch of ground nutmeg.



Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 15765IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Rose

    5 stars
    Absolutely LOVED these they were outstanding! Surprised family with these ( they are a favorite side when we go out to Cracker Barrel) they asked for seconds !!! Thanks so much for posting this 👍🏼💕

  2. grannybena

    I don’t think they have bacon grease in them, their carrots are not greasy and if any grease is used the food will taste like it no matter how slight

  3. Ginger Shaffer

    Would like to have the recipe of Hurricane Cake. Duff smorgansboard that was in Muncie Indiana and Gatlinburg, TN but closed down 20 years ago but it still operates somewhere, It was a great cake with a lemon sauce. Maybe your able to find the recipe I would greatly appreciate it. Ginger hungry for that hurricane cake.

  4. Nanasplace

    Why didn’t you have printed the rest of the chocolate cobbler recipe? I got half of it and then it said to text for more. I have no one to text so how can I get the rest of this recipe. Shirley y Indiana

  5. Jlzack

    Printed this for my mom, she tried them, excited about them. they were not a hit. tasted like carrots, that’s it. nothing special to them at all. thumbs down, won’t make again

    • Stephanie

      I am sorry this is currently happening, we are in the middle of updating the website, and we didn’t have this featured ironed out completely before the site was made live.

    • ashleezona

      Click and highlight the recipe, then click file, print, and when the print dialog box opens, there’s a button labeled ‘selection’, check that, and click print. It’s not glamorous, or beautifully formatted, but you only print the area that you have highlighted.

  6. Lindsey

    I worked for cracker barrel, the recipe is accurate above. There is no bacon fat in it or honey. Just a bunch of butter/margarine, brown sugar, little bit of salt and some water. Thats it.

  7. connie fortune

    The “original recipe” I have uses 2# baby carrots,1tsp. salt,1tsp. bacon drippings,1/4c. br. sugar,packed,1/4c. melted butter, and 1/4c. HONEY. melt bacon drippings in pot. Add carrots and enough water to cover carrots THEN PROCEED with the rest of the recipe on this site!

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