The main ingredient in classic pesto sauce, the pine nut (or piñon or pignoli) can be used in a variety of recipes—from savory to sweet—from salads to cookies. The tiny nut’s flavor is often described as sweet, subtle with a buttery texture.
Some people like to add 1 cup of light corn syrup, 1/4 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter to the sugar in step 1 of the directions. Experiment and see how you like it. The important thing is to keep stirring at that point!