In a large mixing bowl, whisk together, flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set side.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together softened butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Then add in the egg, vanilla extract, and molasses.
Add the flour mixture, a little at a time and mix on low speed until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Pour the 1/s cup of white granulated sugar into a small bowl. Using a cookie scoop, form tablespoon sized dough balls and roll each into the sugar. Place onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly.
Bake for 8 - 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes to set, then remove to wire cooling rack to cool completely.