Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy with a hand mixer. Then add in the flax egg, water, and molasses.
Add in the dry ingredients with the butter mixture and beat until well combined and a dough has formed.
On a pan lined with parchment paper, shape dough into one inch balls or use a cookie scoop to maintain consistency. In a small bowl, lightly roll each ball in the tablespoon of white sugar (I only dipped one side) and space equally on the pan.
Bake for 10 minutes, then transfer the cookies with the parchment paper to a cooling rack.
Once cooled, eat and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container.