Whisk the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and salt together until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer, beat the crisco or butter and both sugars together on high speed until creamy and combined, about 2 minutes. Add the molasses and beat until combined. Then add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
On low speed, slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be slightly sticky. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour up to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator. Roll cookie dough, 1 Tablespoon each, into balls. Roll each in granulated sugar and arrange 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until edges appears set.
Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 1 week.