How to make glaze

These Glazed Carrots are a simple side dish that add a bit of wow to your dinner. Cooked on the stovetop in a simple sugar and butter glaze, this carrot recipe will become a go-to!

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Best Carrot Recipe - Glazed Carrots

Stovetop Glazed Carrot RecipeHow to Make Glazed Carrots

I always struggle with side dish recipes for some reason. I don’t really know why, because when you have a recipe like these Glazed Carrots, a vegetable side dish is a no brainer!

The Brightest Donut Glaze Tips

We love following these simple steps & quick tricks to getting the brightest hues on your homemade donut glaze.

1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, water, and food coloring in a bowl. Using a whisk here is really important to ensure everything is combined well.

2. Adjust consistency of the glaze, by adding a small amount of sugar if it’s too watery, or adding water if looks too thick.

3. Repeat in a couple different bowls to get various shades of color.

4. Pour the glaze over the donuts, cookies, apples or cakes… Seriously, this would be amazing on almost anything.

5. Add sprinkles, candies, or jimmies while the glaze is still wet and allow the donuts to set before eating (if you can help yourself!).

Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-2 drops of pink food coloring
  • Colorful sprinkles for decorating

How to make donut glaze in the brightest hues you've ever seen.

  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, water, and food coloring in a bowl.
  2. Adjust consistency of the glaze, by adding a small amount of sugar if it’s too watery, or adding water if looks too thick.
  3. Repeat in a couple different bowls to get various shades of color.
  4. Pour the glaze over the donuts, cookies, apples or cakes… Seriously, this would be amazing on almost anything.
  5. Add sprinkles, candies, or jimmies while the glaze is still wet and allow the donuts to set before eating (if you can help yourself!).
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Enjoy a holiday/Monday/everyday treat that is just as amazing tasting as it looks.

Just a note, the kids really loved learning how to make donut glaze. The process is easy enough that most kids (I’d say 4 and up) can jump into the kitchen and create their own glaze. For birthday parties and other celebrations, it is super sweet to create recipes where the kids can join in and be a part of the fun!

PS. Ever wonder how many calories are in a donut??

(Photography ©Pixel Stories/Stocksy United).

Ingredients in Glazed Carrots

One of the things that I love the most about this carrot recipe is how simple and easy it is. Which means there are only a few ingredients! All you need are:

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  • carrots
  • chicken broth (you can use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian)
  • sugar
  • salt
  • butter
  • pepper

How Do You Make Glazed Carrots?

  1. To make this cooked carrots recipe, you start by peeling and slicing the carrots.
  2. Combine the carrots with the chicken broth and some of the sugar and bring it all to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer the carrots with the lid on the pan until the carrots are tender.
  4. Uncover the skillet and cook until the liquid has evaporated off.
  5. Add the butter and more sugar and cook until a glaze is formed and it coats the carrots.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cooked Carrots Recipe - Glazed Carrots

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Tools Used to Make These Glazed Carrots

You need a skillet with a lid for this recipe. I have this one and have loved it!You technically don’t have to peel the carrots, but I always do. And a vegetable peeler definitely makes the job easy!

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These Glazed Carrots are a simple side dish that add a bit of wow to your dinner. Cooked on the stovetop in a simple sugar and butter glaze, this carrot recipe will become a go-to!

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • Pepper
  1. Slice the carrots into 1/4-inch slices on the bias. In a 12-inch skillet, combine the carrots, chicken broth, 1 tablespoon of the sugar and the salt. Cover the skillet and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook until the carrots are almost tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Uncover the silent and let the carrots cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, another 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the butter and the remaining 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Continue to cook and stir until the carrots are completely tender and covered in the glaze, about 2 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.

adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Family Favorites

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.

  • Calories: 112
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 397 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 9 mg

How to Make Balsamic Reduction

You guys, I can’t stress enough how easy this is! It’s SO EASY. You literally just simmer balsamic vinegar until it thickens. That’s it!

If you want this to be even more sticky sweet, you can add some sugar or honey to sweeten it up a touch. I find that the vinegar gets sweet enough as it simmers down and reduces, but I am used to things on the less-sweet side, so if you have more of a sweet tooth, you might want to try adding a couple tablespoons of sugar or honey.

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Balsamic Reduction is a simple sauce that can elevate a dish to the next level, and it's so easy to make at home! It only takes one ingredient and just a little time to create this sweet, tangy, syrupy sauce. 

More things to drizzle this balsamic glaze on:

Balsamic Reduction is a simple sauce that can elevate a dish to the next level, and it's so easy to make at home! It only takes one ingredient and just a little time to create this sweet, tangy, syrupy sauce. 

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  • 2 cups good quality balsamic vinegar

  1. Heat vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbling. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer until reduced by about half and thickened. You can stir it occasionally but just keep an eye on it to make sure it’s not boiling rapidly…just a low simmer is perfect.
  2. Cool and store in fridge for up to a month.

  • If you prefer this sweeter, add 2 tablespoons of a sweetener of your choice. Honey, brown sugar, or granulated sugar are good choices.

Yield: about 1 cup, Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 60 Calories
  • Sodium: 10mg

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: I love this stuff, I want to pour it on everything! It kind of makes your house smell like vinegar while it reduces, but it’s worth it, plus there are worse smells in this world! I just diffuse some essential oils and my house smells fantastic again.Husband’s take: Ben loves caprese as much as I do and when I drizzle on this balsamic reduction, he can’t get enough!Changes I would make: None are necessary, but like I mentioned, I prefer it without sugar, but if you like things sweeter, add a touch of sugar or honey!Difficulty: So easy!!

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