In a a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.
In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter, white and brown sugars and egg until smooth.
Stir in the molasses.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing well.
Cover, and chill dough for 1-3 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Roll dough into 1 to ½ inch balls, and roll them in white sugar.
Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
Cool on wire racks.
Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp.
TIP: If they get too crispy, place a slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a few hours and they will get soft again.