Kid’s Kapow Birthday: Spice Cookies

BAM!  These lightning bolt spice cookies are supercharged with yummy flavors like sweet cloves and cardamom with just a dash of spice here and there to keep the cookie delightful for your little ones. These bright and whimsical spice cookies are just the beginning of creating a few desserts for our fun kid party theme that we’re calling – ‘Kapow!’

Things you will need:

  1. Lightning Bolt Cookie Cutters
  2. Sanding Sugar (see homemade instructions) and Food Coloring

spice cookies

This Sweet Nerd stays humble in the kitchen as there are often many pinterest-fails that happen such as collapsing cakes, under cooked dough, or frosting debacles so I love to learn from experts around me. I often take my cues from some awesome bloggers and vendors in the baking community.  Have you ever wondered how to create your own sparkle glitter?

Check out these cats at Sharis Berries and dive into their easy how-to glitter tutorials.  I loved the color variation and decided to give it a whirl. It was easy-peasy.  But, trust me, I know what it’s like when you find yourself between soccer and PTA meetings, so another option to save time is to buy colors pre-made at Michael’s, Jo-ann Fabric, or Amazon.

spice cookies

This is a simple basic cookie dough recipe with just a sprinkle of spice to give it that kick-charge.  It is a lightning bolt party after all…you feel me?!?  Once you roll out the dough and cut the shapes, put a light dab of water on the face of the cookie so the glitter will adhere and give you full coverage.  Dab lightly!  spice cookies

After you dab, flip that cookie into the sanding sugar like you are giving it a little glitter bath.  Yep, all in baby – go glittery crazy!

I love the flashiness of these bright-colored spice cookies.  But wait, you can’t eat them yet.  It’s time to pop them into the oven to bake!

Once baked, these cookies are so light, airy, and flavorful.  My little Liam did notice the spice and sort of got snooty as he’s a “regular-cookie” kind of kid.  So, if you have some of those regular kids in the family, just nix the spices and the cookie will still be lovely.

As you’ll notice, this “Kapow” theme will keep growing and growing as it was inspired by a superhero theme called ‘zap’ by Meri-Meri. They design all things fun for kids. I purchased these delightful products from one of my fave vendors, Shop Sweet Lulu.

Check back for the “Kapow” cupcakes and how to throw a killer party!  Here’s a hint for Thursday’s surprise: Red. Moist. Whipped.

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Bon Appetit Spice Cookies

Simple Lightning Bolt Sugar Cookies

By TheSweetNerd  

May 30, 2017

Bon Appetit Cookie Credit

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, chilled

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup (packed) light brown sugar

2 large egg yolks

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cardamom, cloves, or nutmeg

¼ teaspoon baking powder

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

Colored sanding sugars

Assorted cookie cutters


1Process butter in a food processor until smooth. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar and process until thoroughly blended into butter, about 1 minute. Add egg yolks and vanilla; process until mixture is smooth and looks glossy, about 30 seconds. Add salt, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, baking powder, and 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. flour; pulse until dough comes together around the blade. Turn out onto a work surface and knead a couple of times to incorporate any floury bits. Divide dough in half; pat into two ½"-thick disks. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm, 45–60 minutes.

2Let dough sit 5 minutes at room temperature to soften slightly.

3Preheat oven to 350°. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼" thick. Punch out cookies with cookie cutters and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing at least 1" apart. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, if using, and press in lightly to adhere. Gather up scraps and reroll once. Chill cookies on baking sheets until firm, 5–10 minutes, then bake until edges are golden brown, 12–18 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on baking sheet; transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

4Do Ahead: Dough can be made 1 month ahead; freeze instead of chilling.



  • I adore the flashiness of these cookies, too! After baked, of course! 😉 The addition of spice sounds right up my alley!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Annie. They have an extra ‘bite’ for sure with the added spices. Cheers!

  • Lorna Soonhee Umphrey
    7 years ago

    These look so sweet and fun…to eat! And make, too. Perfect for a party, too!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Lorna. I love these cookies and their little extra charge of spice.

  • These are super fun, Cindy, and love how the cookies took a ‘bath’ in the glitter. Is there any other way 😉 ? That shop looks TOO cute! OMG!! Looking forward to what’s in store for tomorrow 🙂

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Nope, only one way to take a bath in my book!

  • 7 years ago

    I love this theme – in fact this is a perf addition for my soon-to-be ten year old’s birthday party. Spice cookies are my preference, but Dyl may want the cupcakes. Can’t wait to see how you tie it all together.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Tessa. You might be surprised if it ALL disappears.

  • These are so fun, Cindy!!! You always have the most clever treats and these are obviously no exception! I mean, who doesn’t want a cookie shaped like a lightening bolt?!? And I love the spices you used! So unique and delicious! Cheers, dear! <3

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Chey. Appreciate the love. Imagine giving your dog a fun lightning bolt cookie biscuit! HA. I need to make some pet-friendly treats too.

  • Ooooh. . .making my own edible sparkle glitter is right up my alley. . .but you already knew that, didn’t you Dawn? Love your themed parties and how you get the kiddos involved. Send them my way. . .pretty please. I definitely could use help in the kitchen.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Beware Lynn, I might be tempted to send the kids along with the cookies! HA!

  • 7 years ago

    SO CUTE! My three years old would absolutely go crazy over these cookies 🙂

  • Kendall
    7 years ago

    I love these cookies! They are so cute and you literally always come up with the cutest kid birthday spreads.. adorable

  • So fun Cindy! I bet these were a hit. I LOVE all the different colors of sugar!

  • They seem so much fun! Awesome idea, Cindy!

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