Melt the shortening over low heat and then let cool.
Add the molasses, sugar and eggs and beat well.
Mix in the cloves, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
Mix in the flour.
Chill for 60 to 90 minutes, - it won't get really firm.
Roll the dough into 1 inch balls.
Roll in white sugar or vanilla sugar.
Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes.
*This recipe is from Penzeys Spices*