You can use sorghum syrup for the molasses if you have it. You can also use half whole wheat flour and half white flour or all unbleached white flour. They turn out well either way-I've tried it all three ways.
1Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter and shortening on medium 1-2 minutes. Add molasses and egg and beat on medium high an additional 1 minute to mix thoroughly
2In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ¾ cup sugar, soda, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the mixing bowl, while beating on low speed, scraping sides with a rubber spatula.
3Place ¼ cup sugar in a small bowl. Roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar to coat on all sides. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack and cool. These freeze well airtight in a plastic freezer bag for 2-3 weeks