if its unbearably sticky, you've got too much liquid:flour somehow- probably too much liquid sugar- i say screw the recipe and add a bit more flour.
That might be a good idea... I did think there was a freakish amount of molasses.
oh yeah- if they look like crap, thats what frosting is for.
I didn't think about frosting! Last time I made frosting, it flooded the counter...
I've seen on some cooking shows that they roll out cookie or pie crust dough between two sheets of waxed paper or cling wrap. I haven't tried it myself, but it seems like it would work for sticky dough. I'm not sure what your work surface is (it looks like a cloth for rolling out pie crusts, but maybe it is a silpat or something like that?), but the wax paper might also make transferring the cookies to the sheet easier. If your cookies are fragile, you could use a large, flat spatula to transfer them to the baking sheet. You might grease the spatula to make it slide under the dough a little better.
It wouldn't stick to the wax paper? I know it sticks to cling wrap after I tried using said wrap to roll the sugar cookie dough. That didn't work out. The surface I used to roll the gingerbread dough was a big silicone nonstick mat. But of course, my mutant dough sticks to it. <.< And it's not so much a problem of getting the cookies to the baking sheet, it's getting the cutouts out! They just squish up into a shapeless blob.
I would probably just try a different recipe next time. Preferably one with lots of good reviews. It can be hard to find good cookie recipes, though! Everyone has a different idea of what the finished cookie should be like - flavor, texture, etc. For taking to an event, I try to go with a recipe I've made before - otherwise it's too stressful.
The Vegnews recipe got a lot of good responses! D: Did I perhaps not stir the dough enough before refrigerating?
My mom has a recipe she's used for a while now. But I'm pretty sure it's got eggs, and it's a pain trying to replace them in a non-vegan recipe. (For example, we had an extra box of dark chocolate brownies that didn't have powdered milk in it, so I tried replacing the eggs it called for with a banana and baking powder... needless to say it was a failure. A wet, oily, banana-y failure. XD)
I never have problems with making anything else, including cake and muffins.