Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Using your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or hand mixer, cream together shortening and sugar. Add the egg and molasses. Mix together.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet molasses mixture. Mix until well combined.
Using a cookie scoop, scoop out tablespoon- sized balls. Dip and roll in the sugar and then place on baking sheet. Press down each cookie dough ball slightly and bake for 12-14 minutes, rotating your baking sheet after 8 minutes.