I should have posted this for Pesach because masafan, Iraqi marzipan, is basically a macaroon. But chewy—which is a whole nother kind of macaroon.
Preheat the oven to 200C. Mix 200g ground almonds, 200g caster sugar, two egg whites, some bashed-up cardamom seeds and a bit of orange flower water. (I use orange flower in everything; cakes, stews, porridge, to scent my bath, and in Lebanese "white coffee" which isn't coffee at all but hot water with a splash of the stuff). Fill a bowl with water and more orange flower water and roll the mixture into little balls, dampening your hands as you go. Pinch each one to shape it into a star. Sink half a pistachio into each centre. Bake for eight minutes, till they're golden.