In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves.
In a large bowl, beat shortening with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup sugar and beat until fluffy.
Add egg and molasses. Beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until well combined.
Shape into 1-1/2-inch balls. Dip into a small bowl of water and a bowl of additional sugar. (For a lighter coating, just dip in sugar.)
Arrange balls 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes or until light brown on bottoms. Cool the cookies on wire racks. Makes 20 cookies.