Solving Common Baking Problems:
"Dough soft and sticky"=Too warm or not enough flour!
"Dough crumbly" = Too much flour, not enough liquid or fat due to small eggs, or (rarely) too cold.
"Cookies bake unevenly" = Hot spots in oven, not shaped uniformly, adjust oven temp 25 degrees, shift cookie sheets.
"Cookies lose detail when baked" = Too much leavening or cookies not molded firmly enough to pick up all the detail.
"Cookies spread during baking" = Dough placed on hot or over greased baking sheet, unbaked cookies too warm when placed on baking sheet, too much leavening or when there is too much fat and/or liquid and not enough flour in the dough.
"Cookies break apart when moved to cookie rack" = Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheets for a couple minutes before attempting to move them to a cooling rack.