In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat together margarine and 1 cup sugar until creamy. Add molasses and egg, beating until well blended. In medium bowl, blend flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger. Add to molasses mixture; mix well. Cover and chill. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each in sugar; place on non-stick cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 1 minute. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool. Makes 5 dozen.
I have been looking for a recipe for a soft ginger cookie and I love this one. They were soft and mild flavored and super easy to make. They are not healthy, but they were not very expensive (especially if you have molasses on hand) and the kids loved helping roll them in sugar. I will definitely make these again!