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 family still lives in the same home in the center of Saronno in what was once a monastery and is now as the Cloisters. In Italian this is called Chiostro, and is the brand name of the company. With the cloisters is an archive museum that guards the packaging and artifacts of the family history.

The distinctive flavor and texture 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


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

Regional Specialty Cookies

Briosi - Italian Butter Cookies

Luxury Cookies

Chiostro di Saronne Specialita - Italian holiday cakes


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.


Regional Specialty Cookies

A new concept is the Italian Regional Cookie range. A selection of the finest specialty cookies from the most famous Italian regions presented in a box and tin assortment and individual packs: Lombardy – Amaretti, crunchy and soft, Tuscany - Cantuccini biscotti, almond and chocolate, Piedmont - Baci "Kiss Cookie", Liguria – Canestrelli sugar dusted rings and Limoncini and Mini Packs.


Briosi - Italian Butter Cookies

A brand new addition to the range is Briosi Italian Butter Cookies. An original new recipe features generous quantities of Italian sweet butter with hazelnuts, citrus fruits, coffee or simply plain. Whichever you choose the result is a mouthwatering light cookie.


Luxury Cookies

The finest selection of Italian cookies are packed in beautiful tins to delight and surprise anyone receiving them. From centuries old traditional designs to the latest contemporary style these represent the best of the kind.


Chiostro di Saronne Specialita - Italian holiday cakes

The Italians are famous for their large Panettone and Pandoro seasonal cakes. Baked only once a year especially for the holiday season these cakes use bread making technology to create a light and tender dough which is studded with candied fruit. Delicious on its own, toasted or used in puddings it is a treat the family will surely enjoy. They are also much appreciated as gifts or to serve at holiday dinners.