Mercedes's recipe has been in her family for multiple generations. It was passed down from her grandmother and it was circulated through her bridge club. The bridge club had a cookbook made up of all their favorite recipes and this is one of the recipes from that book that Mercedes makes every Christmas. Mercedes is a dentist.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line 3 baking sheets with aluminum foil.
Lightly spray foil-lined baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, sugar and molasses.
Add egg and mix until well blended.
In another medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, salt and baking soda).
Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until combined.
Dough will be wet.
Use a small cookie scoop or spoon to place 2 tbsp-sized drops of dough onto prepared sheets.
Leave at least 2 inches between drops of dough as it will spread as the cookies bake.
Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are slightly darkened.