Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, melt butter. Add sugar, molasses, egg, whisk well. Sift flour with cloves, ginger, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add to molasses mixture and stir.
Cover a baking sheet with foil. Drop batter onto baking sheet at least 2 inches apart, with a small ice cream scoop or spoons. Sprinkle with sugar and coarse salt. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on foil 5 minutes. Remove to wax paper.
Yield: 24 cookies