Simmer molasses and Crisco 15 minutes.
In a large bowl, cream sugar, 1 egg and vanilla.
Dissolve soda in hot water; add to sugar mixture.
Add cloves, cinnamon, salt and ginger. Beat.
Add molasses mixture and then add flour.
No chilling is needed. Roll and cut with cookie cutters. No flour is needed when rolling them.
Bake at 375° for 6-10 minutes.
**NOTE: This dough acts like play dough so it is fun to work with!