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Easy Thanksgiving Carrot Recipe

A Simple Veggie Dish That Will Steal the Show This Thanksgiving

POPSUGAR is excited to present this cinnamon butter baked carrots recipe from Becky Tarala, the blogger behind The Two Bite Club.

Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots

If your Thanksgiving menu is in need of a simple yet beautiful side dish, cinnamon butter baked carrots are the way to go. This easy-to-make recipe features fresh carrots that are smothered in cinnamon butter and then baked in the oven until they are perfectly glazed and tender. With the stunning presentation and sweet cinnamon butter sauce, these carrots are sure to steal the show this Thanksgiving!

Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots

Menu planning for the holidays is no joke. Sure, when you first think about it, the whole process seems pretty simple and straightforward. You roast a big turkey, make a few sides, throw in a few rolls, and you're good to go.

It's when you actually sit down to make your shopping list that things start getting real.

A million thoughts start running through your mind. Is a 19-pound turkey big enough? Shoot, maybe not. Maybe we should serve ham, too. Add ham to the list. Sweet potatoes with marshmallows or without? No, wait. No marshmallows. A brown sugar pecan topping is better. SO. MUCH. TO. DO.

I've hosted Thanksgiving in our home for quite a few years now and, while there will always be a million things running through my mind as I plan, I've gotten pretty good at coming up with a well-rounded holiday menu!

One thing that I have realized over the years is that the first draft of my menu usually ends up a little bit on the rich side. (Yes, I have a first draft. I take this holiday hosting thing very seriously!)

I love to serve a variety of casseroles with our turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes and, while everything I plan to make is absolutely delicious, my menu usually begs for something simple, fresh, and beautiful to balance out the heavy, rich dishes I initially crave.

That's how these cinnamon butter baked carrots came to be. I wanted to add one more easy-to-prepare side dish to our feast and carrots seemed to be the perfect choice!

Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots

I decided to pair the carrots with classic flavors and dressed them with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Super simple, but absolutely delicious! Sometimes a little bit of simplicity is just what my menu needs.

Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots

After baking in the oven, the carrots come out perfectly tender and so, so good. For me, the best part is the sweet, sticky cinnamon butter sauce that the carrots bake in. Once you transfer the baked carrots to a serving platter, you drizzle that irresistible cinnamon butter over the top and it is like the icing on the cake!

Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots

If you add these beautiful carrots to your menu this Thanksgiving, I think it's only fair to warn you that the smell while they are baking is simply intoxicating. Once you get a whiff of that sweet cinnamon bubbling away, you will forget all about the turkey!

Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots

Original Recipe

Notes

This recipe can be prepped in advance and refrigerated until ready to bake. The amount of cinnamon can be increased to 1 teaspoon if you like extra cinnamon on your carrots.

Easy Thanksgiving Carrot Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 15 carrots, peeled and stems removed
    1/3 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/3 cup boiling water
    1 tablespoon orange juice
    Fresh parsley, chopped, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Clean carrots and arrange in a 9" x 13" baking dish.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. While the mixer is running, slowly add the boiling water and orange juice.
  4. Pour mixture over the carrots and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 90 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and transfer carrots to a serving platter. Drizzle carrots with the melted cinnamon butter from the baking dish. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories per serving
219
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