Our date for financial reporting was moved up this year because of Notice and Access. By ten whole days.
If you don’t know what Notice and Access is, lucky you. It’s some fancy legal term that’s really not very interesting. We won’t get into the details here. And at first glance this may not even seem relevant; I am, after all, not a financial report writer or auditor or (let’s be serious) reader. I do, however, write and compile and make various layout suggestions (which are usually shut down by the designers) for a corporate social responsibility report, which is produced and disclosed on the same timeline as the corporate annual report.
This year, there were a greatly increased number of people at my company that wanted to have the time to review / input / sign-off my report in advance of publication.
When all was said and done, between the date I received my data and the date it needed to go through to the first round of reviewers, I had… four days. (And nights. No one sleeps during corporate reporting season anyway).
The only thing that eased the stress was baking cookies – something I really didn’t have time for. But these cookies are a super speedy, one-bowl, caffeine-filled glory. I escaped for a midnight twenty-minute cookie mixing sesh, and got back to my laptop while they were in the oven. When they were ready, I burnt my tongue and got melted chocolate on my keyboard and churned out a few more greenhouse gas calculations.
Chocolate Espresso Cookies
The instructions on these are a bit vague. I didn’t measure anything carefully – I was in a rush. Don’t worry about the variances. They’ll still turn out.
half cup butter, at room temperature
one cup and a bit packed light brown sugar
a splash vanilla
one and three quarter cups flour
one teaspoon baking powder
large pinch or two of salt
a heaping teaspoon of instant espresso powder
heaps of chocolate chips (I used a mix of white, milk and dark)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and the vanilla. Beat some more.
Add in all the dry ingredients. Stir. Get flour all over your clothes. Shrug it off; you haven’t changed in a day or two anyway.
Look at the baking sheet. Throw a silpat on top; it’s faster than parchment paper. And more sustainable. Feel a rush of pride.
Spoon out cookies onto the baking sheet. Bake for about twelve minutes, depending on the size of your cookies.
Note: If you don’t have espresso powder, you can use instant coffee instead and increase the amount to a tablespoon. Usually instant coffee granules are a bit too large, so I suggest pressing them through a sieve using the back of a spoon.