Melt butter; stir in molasses and vanilla and let cool. In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and all the spices.
Add beaten egg to cooled butter mixture. Add this mixture to dry ingredients and add candied ginger. Mix dough and refrigerate 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Put sugar in shallow dish. Roll dough into balls and roll in the sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, until cookies are starting to brown and tops start to crack. Let cool on a rack for 5 minutes.
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