In a large bowl, mix together the shortening, brown sugar, molasses and buttermilk. The mixture will look curdled, but don't worry...it will all come together with the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar mixture and mix well. The dough will be very soft and slightly sticky, but you should be able to roll
Roll the dough into balls and then roll the balls in sugar.
Place the cookie dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Don't over bake the cookies. We remove them before they get browned.
Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 3-5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely. Then store in an airtight container at room temperature.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 60 cookies, with 1 serving being 1 cookie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.