Sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, cloves and salt.
Cream the shortening with a mixer until softened.
Gradually add 1/3 of the sugar at a time creaming until fluffy after each addition.
Add the egg and cream until fluffy
Blend in the Molasses
Mix in 1/4 of the dry ingredients and blend till creamed, repeat 3 more times
Put sugar on waxed paper and rub onto hands.
Roll into small 1" balls.
Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 min.
Watch them and when they have risen and have cracks on top then remove. They should be chewy on the inside if they are not then you over cooked them.