Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
These Glazed Maple Brown Sugar Carrots are simple to prepare and full of warm flavors. The brown sugar and maple syrup creates a sweet glaze that coats the carrots with a welcoming taste!
With Thanksgiving being less than a week away, it’s time to get in gear for the holidays! Whether you host your turkey dinner or just show up to enjoy the food, it’s always fun to sneak a peek at what dishes you will be enjoying throughout your meal.
While I love turkey, I enjoy the Thanksgiving side dishes even more! I heard on The Food Network last week (as I was watching The Kitchen), that the average number of side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner is seven. Does that measure up to what’s served at your table?
My family goes all out for Thanksgiving (and I mean ALL.OUT.) My step-mom cooks one turkey the day before to carve for leftovers for everyone, and then cooks a second turkey on Thanksgiving to serve for dinner.
And the side dishes? I can guarantee there’s way more than seven — from casseroles, to different kinds of potatoes, vegetables, rice, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The side dish that I usually contribute to Thanksgiving is my signature green bean casserole. It’s a crowd favorite and usually gone within minutes. But this year, I decided to switch it up a bit.
Instead of bringing the same dish, I decided to put my own spin on a classic veggie: Thanksgiving carrots! I love carrots on their own, but when they’re sautéed or roasted, they taste incredible!
Did I mention how simple these Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are to make? Whether you’re contributing one side dish to your Thanksgiving dinner or are preparing a feast, you’ll have these veggies whipped up in no time!
So if you’re looking for a last minute side dish, why not try these Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots? Fast, easy, and full of flavor, these veggies will be the side dish star of the meal!
Ingredients Needed for Brown Sugar Carrots
These brown sugar butter carrots come together with minimal ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make these easy glazed carrots:
- Unsalted butter
- Baby carrots
- Maple syrup
- Light brown sugar
- Salt and pepper
How to Make Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
These brown sugar baby carrots are made in one skillet, and one skillet only. Which means that also saves you from doing more dishes! Pretty clever, huh? And from start to finish, these carrots take about 20 minutes. Which means you’re just 20 minutes away from devouring these cuties.
Melt butter in a large skillet.
Add carrots, maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.
- Sauté over medium heat until tender, about 20-25 minutes, or until carrots are tender.
Can I Make Brown Sugar Carrots in a Slow Cooker?
I’ve never made this Thanksgiving carrots recipe in the slow cooker, so I’m not sure how it would turn out.
Can I Use Regular Carrots?
If you don’t have baby carrots on hand, you’re welcome to substitute regular carrots instead. You’ll need to peel and chop the carrots into even-sized pieces before cooking them.
Tips for Making Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
- These brown sugar and maple glazed carrots should be made with pure maple syrup, NOT pancake syrup.
- I used orange baby carrots in this brown sugar butter carrots recipe, but you can substitute tri-color carrots, if desired.
- I prefer making these easy glazed carrots the same day I plan on serving them. This way, the carrots will be tender but not totally mushy when you’re ready to serve them!
Looking for More Easy Side Dishes? I’ve Got You Covered!
- Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf
- Roasted Parmesan Herb Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Parmesan Honey Carrots
- Roasted Cinnamon Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- Southwest Skillet Cornbread
Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
- 2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 16 ounces baby carrots
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 ½ tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.
- Sauté over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally, for about 20-25 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Sauce will be sticky and thick, but will thin out when removed from heat.
- Serve immediately.
I’m smacking myself in the head right now. Because I’ve done this with sugar, but never brown. So much better this way, Gayle!
You must try it with brown sugar, Mir…it’s so delicious!
I was watching that episode of the Kitchen too! And we go all out too! So glad I’m not the only one making sure there are plenty of leftovers. My mom used to make carrots just like this at Thanksgiving. I never could figure out why she stopped. I really liked them 🙂
I’ll be eating leftovers for days with all the food we’ll have, but that’s the fun of it! These carrots are so good! My Grandma used to make them, too!
love love LOVE this! definitely going to try this for a side dish asap it look delicious 😉 … funny how you can end up craving vegetables first thing in the morning HA! pinned and totally try this recipe! have a wonderful weekend Gayle!
Thanks for the carrot love and pin, Michele! These carrots are on the sweeter side and totally acceptable for breakfast! 🙂
I love these simple carrots as a side dish for Thanksgiving. They look perfect!! Pinned.
Thanks so much for the compliments and pin, Renee! And I love simple dishes like this, too!
Yeah 7 sounds about right. I’m all for sides-giving! Love these carrots, Gayle!
Thanksgiving sides are the best ever! Thanks, Liz!
So glad I’m not in charge of the turkey, but bring side dishes to all our family gathering, looking for new options. I didn’t even think of carrots! My kids would totally eat these too prepared this way. Move over green bean casserole, make way for carrots. I love orange side dishes too, they add the right color to the Thanksgiving table. Have a wonderful weekend Gayle!
That’s great that you’re turkey-free this year, Laura! These carrots are so delicious because they have the perfect amount of sweetness. I’m sure your kids will devour these! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!
These carrots look perfect, Gayle! The maple and brown sugar glaze sound fabulous and I love how easy these are to make! Pinning! Side dishes are my favorite part – I think we have about 7 or 8 too.
Thanks for the kind words and pin, Kelly! The more side dishes, the better, right? 🙂
These carrots look delicious and of course- so easy to make! Pinning and will try them! We make way more than 7 sides for Thanksgiving!
Thanks, Mira! I hope you love these if you try them!
Mmm this is such a great side to include on the Thanksgiving table!!
I don’t know who could resist carrots with a maple brown sugar glaze! I love that these are made completely on the stove-top, freeing up valuable oven space!
Me either, Kristine! And yes, this definitely frees up more oven space for the turkey! 🙂
I love the sweetness of carrots, but adding maple syrup to them? Genius! I bet this would be even better with a little bit of mustard too.
Mustard is a great idea, Dannii! I’ve never tried that before but sounds like it would be delish!
I just love glazed carrots at Thanksgiving! Love how easy and simple these sound, yet they look so good I think I might just wanna forget about the turkey and load up on the carrots instead! 😉
Ha ha thanks, Sarah! Glazed carrots are good, aren’t they? It’s a nice change from regular ones!
These look so good…I love glazed carrots! And I must say, I think it’s the sweetest thing that your step-mom makes two turkeys…that’s a gift.
Thanks so much, Annie! She loves doing it, too…and of course we all love having loads of leftover turkey!
Simple and delicious?! love it!!!! carrots should always be made like this! 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving next week!
I agree, Alice! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!
Oh yes… we have quite a spread at Thx! My family and my in-laws (2 dinners on that side) go all out! We have 3 dinners in total, and it’s a ridiculous amount of food. This is my favorite holiday! These are my fave kind of veggies… ones with sugar doused all over them. Seriously, I love carrots this way! Yours pics are gorgeous, as always! Thanks for sharing, Gayle! TGIF!
Wow that is a lot of food, Sarah! But I’m sure it’s totally worth it! Sugar definitely makes everything better, right?! 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words, friend!
these look amazing Gayle! I love carrots and I bet they taste even better this way. Have a good weekend! 🙂 This is pinned!
Thanks so much for the carrot love and pin, Malani! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!
Yes! We go insane with all the sides at Thanksgiving. And I’m going to add this one to the table this year. I love how pretty these carrots are and you can never go wrong with maple and brown sugar!
Thanks, Shannon! I hope you love these carrots if you try them! Maple syrup and brown sugar make the best combo!
ARGH! These look absolutely mouthwatering! I think carrots have to be my favorite veggie, especially when they’re cooked to bring out their natural sugars. And the extra sweetness from the maple syrup/brown sugar? YES PLEASE!
Thanks so much, Christine! The sugars almost make these into dessert carrots! Definitely a nice change from regular steamed ones!
I am reallllly trying to make myself like carrots more. I will eat them…but not happily haha! I think I would like these though! Everything is better with brown sugar! 🙂
I’m like that with some veggies, too! Maybe the maple and brown sugar would help sweeten these up for you!
That is so smart to cook up a turkey the day before Thanksgiving for leftovers! Plus, it’s great practice for the next day so the turkey will be perfect. These carrots look delicious! I love brown sugar glazed carrots. They’re like candy!
I agree, Natalie! I’ve never cooked a turkey myself before, but I think it’s a great idea! Thanks so much for the carrot love!
My family is all about the sides! Love the glaze on these carrots!
I love glazed carrots! I’m still trying to figure out the menu for Thanksgiving, as I’ll be the one cooking, and these carrots might make an appearance! Yum!
Hope you have fun cooking, Olivia! These carrots would be so easy and delicious for you to make!
I always love the side dishes way more than the turkey too! Wow, seven is a lot, but come to think of it, we probably have about that many! I’m always looking for more vegetable side dishes and these carrots look so good!
Thanks, Izzy! These carrots make the perfect side dish with their sweet flavor!
oooh i love carrots! these sound fabulous!
Thanks so much, Caralyn!
7 sounds about right! I’ll have to include these glazed carrots this year! Easy and delicious! It is all about the side dishes!
The side dishes are the best! Thanks, Lindsey!
We ya have more side dishes than 7 as well — the sides are the best! I do like to make carrots and parsnips, but I’ve never made them with brown sugar. I love that maple syrup- brown sugar combo — these would be devoured!
Thanks, Marcie! The brown sugar adds a nice flavor when combined with the maple syrup, so perfect for the fall!
Looks absolutely amazing – I love the maple flavour!
The maple flavor is delicious on these carrots, Allessandra! Definitely kicks them up a notch!
These carrots sound and look gorgeous! Love the maple, we love ours we honey glaze!
Honey glaze sounds delicious too, Jess! Thank you!
YUM!! These look amazing! I LOVE carrots! …and I love roasted veggie dishes like this! They’re just so good! Perf as a side dish on a chilly evening! YUM!
I loved roasted veggies, too! Such a nice way to prepare them! Thanks, Cailee!
We’ve only had carrots a couple times but I loved the honey glazed recipes. This maple and brown sugar version sounds incredible – I think this will have to join our ALL.OUT side dishes too! We haven’t gotten to rice, but potatoes, breads, and veggies for sure. 🙂 Let’s just say we need some carrots!
I’ve never tried a honey glazed version, but that does sound amazing! It’s so fun to see what side dishes will be served, especially when these carrots make an appearance! 🙂
What a delicious side dish.. adding maple syrup and brown sugar to carrots is simply fantastic, Gayle! ! Love love it! !
Thank you, Arpita!
An awesome side for Thanksgiving! These look amazing 🙂 The color is so bright and beautiful.
I made a similar dish years ago…the taste was great but too much liquid. I think I added too much syrup. I’ll definitely have to give your recipe a go! Pinned. 🙂
Thanks so much for the kind words and pin, Tina! I hope you love these if you try them!
Maple syrup and brown sugar on roasted carrots would be soooo good! These look amazing – I love carrots, definitely trying these soon!
Thanks, Stacey! Hope you like these if you try them!
I never knew that the number of side dishes at the average table on Thanksgiving is seven! Seven deadly sins, I guess;-) Eating carrots seems less sinful, no matter how they’re cooked! And this recipe looks amazing. Thanks for sharing, Gayle:-)
I agree…eating veggies can’t be that bad, right? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Ohhh I love Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots and that addition of Maple just takes them up another notch. Your Thanksgiving feats sound amazing. I’m sorta jealous!
Ha ha thanks, Julie! These carrots are definitely a hit!
Carrots aren’t usually a side dish I make, but these look fabulous! Will have to make them. 🙂
Thanks so much, Christin! I hope you love these carrots if you try them!
These carrots sound amazing!! I love the maple flavor. They sound like a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving spread!
Thank you, Jess!
I love the maple flavor! I’m coming to your house for Thanksgiving!
I’m loving that you used brown sugar to sweeten these carrots! So much better than using regular sugar! 😉 Yum!
Thank you, Jocelyn! The brown sugar and maple syrup make such a tasty combination!
These carrots are totally my thing, Gayle! Such a simple yet delicious side dish for a family/holiday get together! Can’t wait to give them a try 😀 Pinned!! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you so much for the kind words and pin, Ceara!
what herb did you sprinkle on after? I can see there’s something on there in the picture.
Hi Jessica! I sprinkled on some dried basil for more flavor. You can definitely leave that off, or add on some Italian seasoning, too. Hope you like these!
Can I do this in a slow cooker, or will the maple syrup burn? Thank you
Hi Becky! I’ve never made this in the slow cooker, so I’m not sure how it would turn out. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by!