Preheat oven to 350 Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
Use an electric mixer at low speed to cream shortening and sugar until thoroughly combined.
Add the egg and molasses and beat until completely incorporated. Sift together the flour,
baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt and add to the mixture.
Stir until combined.
Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
Roll them in sugar. Place 1 ½ inches apart. Flatten slightly with fingertips.
Bake for 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Store in resealable plastic bags.