1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 large eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add molasses at a slow speed, next add baking soda, salt, all spices.
Add eggs and beat well after each addition. Scrape sides of the bowl to make sure everything is mixed well. Stir in flour.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour. (I have baked them without this step they are excellent)
Preheat the oven to 350 (parchment paper lined) two baking sheets.
Shape or scoop the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; a tablespoon cookie scoop is what I use. Roll in granulated sugar and add to baking sheets, place 2 inches apart.
Bake cookies for 10 minutes.
Once out of oven, allow cookies to cool on the pan for 12 minutes before moving to a rack to finish cooling.