For almost three centuries, way up in Lombardy near the Swiss border, the Lazzaroni family has made this simple, unique cookie.
It features apricot “kernels” (here we call them “pits,” but the Italians have such a nice way with language). They add a tiny edge of refreshing bitterness to the crispy, crunchy, nutty cookie. A bright, fun gift tin holds about twenty cookies, each individually wrapped in beautiful wax bakery paper.
Amaretti del Chiostro cookies will keep for months, so the nibbling can go on and on—unless you're like me and you scarf down the whole tin of 20 in a week.