Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C) and a large two cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
In bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment or large mixing bowl using electric hand mixer, beat softened butter, brown sugar, and egg until well blended.
Mix in maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla.
Gradually spoon in dry ingredients, continuing on medium high until blended and smooth.
Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for an hour to firm.
Sprinkle rolling surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough out to ¼-inch thickness. Cut out cookies using cookie cutter lightly dusted in flour. Chill cookies again if they are getting to soft in order to prevent too much spreading in oven.
Place cookies on cookie sheet two inches apart and bake 8-10 minutes until edges start to brown.
Place pan on rack to cool for 10min before removing cookies. Use homemade easy royal icing or store bought royal cookie icing to decorate.