Cinnamon carrots with a brown sugar glaze cooked up in a slow cooker is an easy, traditional and throw back carrot side dish recipe that will have you getting your Vitamin A all year round. Perfect as a holiday side dish, this carrot crock pot side will keep the kitchen clear during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is one kid-friendly vegetable dish!
Course: Slow Cooker
Keyword: crock pot, holiday side dish, slow cooker
1large bag of baby carrots1-2 pounds of peeled and cut
Spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
Dump entire bag of baby carrots into crock pot.
Melt and pour 3 tablespoons of butter on top of baby carrots and mix.
Slow cook carrots on high for 3-4 hours. After 3 hours, check on carrots every 15 minutes until fork tender. Overcooking can result in some of the bottom carrots being burned.
Mix together brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt and pepper.
Pour brown sugar mixture over baby carrots and stir. Brown sugar should melt almost immediately and create a delicious glaze.
Serve carrots immediately while hot and melted.
Can you oven bake Brown Sugar Cinnamon Carrots? Yep! There are times that you do not want to slow cook carrots and they can be cooked any way you like and then the buttery brown sugar can be added on top. Simply preheat oven to 375. Add baby carrots to a bowl and drizzle with about 2 tablespoons EVOO and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes (make sure to check and rotate if necessary, over cooked carrots shrivel up!). Carefully remove with a spatula or tongs and place in a bowl. Then add brown sugar mixture, mix up and serve. Can canned carrots be used? There will be NOTHING that takes the place of a fresh carrot in taste and texture but there are times that I have forgotten to cook and still want to turn canned veggies into something delicious. You can use well drained cannot carrots on the stove, which already come precooked. Just drain, dump and then add brown sugar, butter and spices right in. Cook till warm, about 2-3 minutes. How to determine cooking size of carrotsUsing a crock pot works really well with carrots because you are not babysitting them so to speak. When carrots are cooking in a slow cooker, its best to leave the lid on for the first 2-3 hours to make sure the heat that is cooking them doesn't escape. As far as going into the oven, this is determined often by the size and thickness of a carrot and can be anywhere from 30-40 minutes.