B&R Classics
56 Old Field Road,
Huntington, NY 11743

Tel: 631-427-5675
Fax: 631-421-7471
Email: csm@brclassics.com

Chiostro di Saronno

According to legend the Cardinal of Milan made a surprise visit to the town of Saronno, near Milan in Italy, and two young lovers prepared the cookies in his honor. With only short notice of his visit they had few ingredients to work with - just sugar, egg whites and apricot kernels. So they baked these into small round macaroons which had a slight bittersweet taste that they called "Amaretti" (a little bitter in Italian) and wrapped them in elegant, colorful paper. Legend also has it that if you make a wish, roll the paper and light it, your wish will come true if it rises to the ceiling (at your own risk!)

Nearly 300 years later these same authentic Amaretti cookies are produced today by descendants of the original family. The Lazzaroni family still lives in the same home in the center of Saronno in what was once a monastery and is now known as the Cloisters. In Italian this is called Chiostro, and is the brand name of the company. Within the cloisters is an archive museum that guards the packaging and artifacts of the family history.

The distinctive flavor and texture of the cookies come from truly simple ingredients:

  • sugar
  • "armeline" obtained from apricot kernels
  • egg whites

The real secret to making them unique throughout the world lies in the selection and care of these ingredients.

  • a special kind of armeline is used
  • flour, raising agents or flavorings are never added to the dough
  • the dough is rested and then slowly baked to give the distinctive flavor and texture
  • the wrapping paper and production methods are exclusive to the family

Amaretti del Chiostro and Amarettini are excellent as an after dinner treat or to add zest and texture to dessert recipes.

  • Individually wrapped for long lasting freshness
  • Gluten free, lactose free, no trans fat, no cholesterol, no added fat


A recent innovation is the Soft Amaretti which follows the same traditions but, with the addition of almonds, to create a softer macaroon but with the same inimitable flavor

The range has now been enlarged to include the traditional Crunchy and the unique Soft varieties packaged in beautiful red and green cartons and luxury tins.


Product Categories

Crunchy Amaretti

Soft Amaretti

Mix Soft & Crunchy Tins

Mini Soft & Crunchy

Contemporary Tins

Cultural Tins

Regional Italian Selections

Baci Di Saronno & Chiostro

Cantuccini

Pasticceria Assortment

Chef D'Itilia


Crunchy Amaretti


Soft Amaretti

For nearly 300 years the crunchy Amaretti cookies in the red packaging have been a favorite all over the world. Now we have added Almonds to the traditional recipe to create a new soft version. The result is a delicious little crumbly cake with the distinctive almond flavor. To distinguish from the crunchy Amaretti, the soft Amaretti is packed in green.


Mix Soft & Crunchy Tins


Mini Soft & Crunchy


Contemporary Tins


Cultural Tins


Regional Italian Selections


Baci Di Saronno & Chiostro


Cantuccini


Pasticceria Assortment


Chef D'Itilia