Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves into a medium bowl. Set aside.
Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl with mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
With mixer on medium speed, beat in the egg and molasses, then increase the speed to high and beat about 1 minute longer, until the mixture no longer looks curdled.
Scrape the sides with a rubber spatula.
Mix in the flour mixture on low speed. The batter will be slightly stiff. Place some granulated sugar on a small plate or saucer. Use a 1 tbsp cookie scoop to form a sphere of dough, then roll each ball into the sugar. Place six sugared balls on each baking sheet, spacing them evenly.
Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the cookies have spread and are firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet.