In an otherwise bad week, baking these was a bright spot. I used them as an excuse to finally purchase the mini-muffin tin I've been wanting (I have no clue why it took me so long to give in to this $16 purchase), and they came out absolutely beautifully. The last time I tried to make friands (chocolate ones) I just put the mini-muffin liners on a sheet pan (the package insisted this would work!) and they tasted good but were way too flat and did not hold their shape at all.
These held together beautifully, had a lovely crumb, and still taste great a few days after making them. They also were quick and easy, and used ingredients that I always have on hand. I definitely understand that these aren't for everybody - my husband and I are, luckily, both coconut lovers - but these are definitely something I'll be making again and again.