Combine together egg, a cup of sugar, and ¾ cup melted margarine in a bowl until smooth. Stir in ¼ cup molasses.
In a separate bowl, mix together ½ teaspoon ground cloves, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 cups all-purpose flour, and 2 teaspoons baking soda. Blend into the mixture of molasses, and chill for an hour, covered.
After an hour, roll dough into walnut-sized balls, then dip balls into the leftover white sugar.
Place cookies on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F until tops are cracked, for 8 to 10 minutes.
Once done, allow them to cool, then enjoy!