Put margarine, brown sugar, molasses, egg, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, clove, and ginger into mixing bowl and mix.
Roll into walnut size balls.
Put about 1/2 cup of regular sugar in cereal size bowl, and 1/2 cup water in ramekin size dish.
Roll dough ball in sugar.
Place wide apart on slightly greased cookie sheet; dip a glass into water and flatten the cookie.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes, or until done to your family's preferences.
NOTE: If it is a dark cookie sheet it will take less time than on a brand new shiny sheet; and if they sit on the hot sheet after removing from oven they will harden even more. Some like these cookies hard but I do not.