Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees.
Cream the margarine and sugar together until it's light and fluffy.Take all your dry ingredients and whisk them together in a bowl.
Add your egg in to the butter/sugar mix.Time for molasses. Then keep mixing until it's thoroughly combined.
Dump in your flour mixture, and on the lowest speed on your mixer (or by hand) combine it thoroughly.
Mixed and nice n' fluffy.Roll into a golf-size ball, then roll the ball around in some white sugar.
Get that lovely ginger ready. Chop some into small pieces.Flatten the cookies with the palm of your hand and then add some ginger on top.Bake them in a 350 degree oven for 7-9 minutes, and yes that is a short time.
If you want lovely, chewy cookies you cannot bake them too long.They should look slightly browned on the bottom and the tops are still soft and would dent in if slightly touched.
Let them cool completely on the sheets because they WILL fall apart if you touch them too soon.
You will end up with hard on the outside, chewy in the middle absolutely mouthwatering ginger cookies.