Summer is almost over. One week to go before June! Ease your kids –and yourself!–into the school day routine with these easy make-ahead cookies that goes well one or more of your favorite mix-ins:

Chocolate chips
Nuts like walnuts, cashews, peanuts, and pecans
Dried cranberries and blueberries
Candy-coated chocolates
Crushed candy

Then pack them in their lunch bags with inspiring notes like these from to help them get through the day.

Honey Oat Icebox Cookies
A fast, homemade treat, this cookie dough can be refrigerated days before baking, saving you precious time.

Takes 30 minutes Makes 24 cookies

1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1⁄4 cup honey
1⁄2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 cup quick cooking oatmeal

The Day Before
1 In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, honey and brown sugar. Beat in the egg. Sift in flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix in oatmeal. Dough will be soft.
2 Divide dough into two. Turn out dough on plastic wrap and roll each into three-inch thick logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and twist ends. Refrigerate overnight or until needed.

In the Morning
3 Preheat oven to 350°F.Unwrap dough. Slice into rounds. Place on a non-stick cookie sheet and bake 6-8 minutes. Cool before packing with a milk box.

(Photograph Erwin Obcemea. Recipe Roselle Miranda. Styling Chiqui Lloren)

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