Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs and molasses and mix well. Add soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and then flour. Add raisins last.
Roll dough out about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a round cookie cutter about 2 inch cutter. ( Mom always made these cookies quite large, so it is up to the individual how large to make cookies). Sprinkle cut cookies with some sugar on top.
Place cookies on greased cookie sheet and Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes for large cookies. Cookies should not be over baked. The are done when lightly touched with no indentation. Tastes great with coffee.