Butterscotch Pignoli Cookies

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Butterscotch Pignoli Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (220 grams)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/3 cup finely chopped toasted pine nuts (pignoli)
Fleur de sel, optional (flaky sea salt)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; whisk and cook until butter starts to foam and turns golden brown.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; whisk until combined.  In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together browned butter, brown sugar and corn syrup until combined.  Beat in vanilla and egg until combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture and pine nuts until just combined.

Scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about 2-inches apart (they spread quite a bit).  Sprinkle with a pinch of fleur de sel.  Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 18 cookies
18 comments on "Butterscotch Pignoli Cookies"
  1. I love pine nuts, but I've only had them at restaurants, never bought them. And cinnamon rolls are so much better than packing!

    1. Laura, they're kind of expensive. I hardly ever buy them!

  2. Ugh, packing. I think you have your priorities in order, though. Can't waste ingredients, and you'll need the sustenance.

    I like crunchy cookies with coffee. I've never baked with pine nuts before.

    1. Crunchy cookies are perfect for coffee dunking!

  3. buttery pine nuts are definitely well suited for a cookie! love that you're baking your way through your pantry :)

  4. Ugh...cinnamon rolls. My kryptonite.

    I would have never thought to add pine nuts to cookies. Sounds awesome.

    1. Same here! I have a cinnamon roll addiction. They're like, my favorite things ever.

  5. I love these cookies, love the addition of pine nuts!

  6. I love pine nuts! They are my fave! The problem is, they are so expensive to buy. Worth it, though :)

  7. I adore pine nuts. I love them tossed in my vegetables as well as in desserts.

    You should make "brutti ma buoni" cookies if you like pine nuts. They're tasty and very easy to make. Wait until you have moved of course.

    If you find you can't take those cinnamon rolls with you, I'll let you know what address to ship them too...

  8. Pine nuts are one of my favorite things!! These sound delicious!

  9. Oh wow, I love pine nuts :) I bet these cookies are awesome!

  10. i don't eat nearly enough pine nuts. in fact, i can't think of the last time they passed between my lips--a travesty!