Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a couple large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, or lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger. Set aside.
In a large bowl (or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer,) beat together the butter and granulated sugar, for 2-3 minutes, until light and creamy. Add the molasses and eggs and mix until well-combined, another 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
The dough can be rolled and baked right away, but the cookies will be slightly thicker and chewier if refrigerated for a bit. If so, chill for 20-30 minutes (or up to several days) before rolling into balls.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls (you can make them smaller or larger, too) and then roll the cookie dough balls into granulated sugar. Space the cookies an inch or so apart on the lined cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes. Don't over bake if you want a soft, chewy cookie. Adjust the baking time, more or less, if the cookies are overly small or large.
Remove the cookies to a cooling rack and let cool completely. These cookies stay soft and chewy well-covered for several days at room temperature. The baked cookies also freeze very well.