Quoting ..::Kayden's Mommy::..:" i was thinking the cooling part was my biggest issue, and the dough was REALLy soft, in between batches ... [snip!] ... tray' isnt a cooling rack, im using a tray that i think is used for broiling steaks on, it just has slots on the bottom."
Yes put the dough in the fridge before you bake them . I would definitely use parchment paper for the sticking issue. When they're done baking let them cool for a minute on the cookie tray you baked them on, if they're too hot they'll still be really soft and fall apart. Once they've cool off for a few minutes transfer them over to your cooling tray. I'm sure what you're using is fine. I usually use a wire rack for my cookies.