Preheat the oven to 375° F and line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
In the bowl of a stand mixer on high speed, cream the butter and sugars (½ cup of white sugar) until fluffy.
Add the egg, vanilla and molasses and beat well.
On slow speed, add the flour mixture and mix until the dough forms.
Place the bowl with the dough into the fridge and let rest for 30 minutes.
Using a one tbsp cookie scoop, place 12 cookie balls on the baking pan ad sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup sugar. This may be done in two batches, 12 on each tray.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and then tap the base of the baking pan on the counter as you remove them from the oven.
Sprinkle lightly with sea salt if desired