Sift together the flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon and salt into a mixing bowl; stir with a whisk to evenly distribute all the spices and soda. Sift a second time into another bowl.
Beat the butter until creamy in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer on high; gradually add sugar. Add the egg and molasses, beat well. Sift 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter, stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Repeat twice more with 1/3 of the flour each time.
Whisk together 1 cup sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Pinch off small portions of dough and roll into a ball approximately the size of a marble. Roll in cinnamon sugar and place 2 inches apart on a thin ungreased baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes for crispy perfection. The tops should be cracked and browned. If you cook 8 minutes they will have crispy outsides and soft centers…you know, if that’s your thing.
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