I saw these cookies on The Chew one day over the holiday. The show was sponsoring a cookie contest and there were 5 finalists featured. These Salt and Pepper Butterscotch-Pine Nut Cookies (the eventual winner) sounded intriguing so I decided to make them. It is a basic cookie dough (butter, eggs, flour and sugar) with butterscotch chips. The secret is the toasted pine nuts that you add 1 Tablespoon of salt and 1 1/2 teaspoon of pepper to before mixing them into the dough. The cookies then have a salty sweet taste with just a hint of heat. I find them just a bit addicting and I've been giving the cookies away so I won't eat them all myself. I will definitely make these again. I think I might reduce the salt just a tiny bit. And, make sure to fully incorporate the salt and pepper nuts. I found I had a few spots of INTENSE pepper or salt and so I'll be mixing more thoroughly next time. I also think these would be good with semi-sweet chocolate chips.
P.S. I recently purchased a non stick silicone baking liner (generic, not Silpat) and used it for the first time with these cookies. LOVE IT! Less than $10 at Target - I'll be going back for more.