This recipe dates to my college days and came from my roommate. I think of her every time I make them.
1/2 C. margarine
1 C. white sugar
1/2 C. dark molasses
1 large egg
2 1/2 C. sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
Cream margarine, sugar, and molasses. Add egg and cream.
Sift dry ingredients together and gradually add to molasses mixture.
Chill dough for several hours. Can keep in fridge for several days if needed.
Roll dough into balls the size of walnuts. Roll balls in extra granulated sugar and lightly flatten with the bottom of a glass before baking.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 9 minutes in 375 degree oven. Cool on wire rack.