In a large mixing bowl combine about half of the flour, brown sugar, shortening, molasses, egg, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed till combined.
Beat or stir in remaining flour.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls.
Roll balls in the granulated sugar to coat. Place balls 2 inches apart on an un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 375 F oven for 8-10 minutes or till edges are set and tops are crackled. Cool cookies on cookie sheet for 1 minute.