2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of fine salt
1 vanilla bean pod, split and seeds scraped
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Royal Icing, recipe follows, for decorating
Your favorite sprinkles or other edible candy, for decorating
2 large pasteurized egg whites
3 3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar (use more for stiffer icing, less for thinner)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
You can always stiffen up your icing for piping decorations by adding a bit more confectioners' sugar, or loosen stiff icing with a bit of water if needed for spreading or filling areas. To store when not using, put in an airtight container with the plastic wrap touching the surface so a skin doesn't form.
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