In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, set aside.
In the bowl of your mixer add shortening, ½ cup white sugar and all of the light brown sugar. Cream them together until fully incorporated.
Add egg and molasses continuing to mix until combined.
Add the dry ingredients a ½ cup at a time until the mixture comes together into your gingersnap dough.
Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
When dough has chilled remove from fridge and roll into 1 inch balls, about 1 ½ tbsp of dough each.
Roll dough balls in the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar coating each one in a light dusting of sugar.
Place balls on lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and use the bottom of a mixing cup to light press down on the top of the cookie flattening it slightly.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until tops crack.
Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet. Then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.