Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the
flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until
light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses.
Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape
dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2
tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an
ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool
on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool
completely. Store in an airtight container.