Heat shortening in the microwave just until melted. In a mixing bowl, blend shortening, sugar, molasses and eggs; beat well.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Add slowly to the shortening mixture and blend well.
Roll into 1-inch balls or use a #40 portion scoop. Drop the balls into the additional sugar in a bowl. Toss gently until completely coated.
Set dough balls 2″ apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes or until dark golden brown. Cool completely.
Dough balls may be kept in the freezer and baked whenever you want fresh, warm cookies. Put the dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Wrap the flat bottom of a drinking glass with plastic wrap and flatten the dough balls to about 1/4-3/8″ thick. Store in an airtight container in the freezer. Frozen cookies may take a few minutes longer to bake.