for cookie bouquet....do you put the stick in before baking or right after? UGH
People use different ways. I insert the stick, then bake. I think the cookie holds on the stick better. Also, I know if I have rolled the cookie to thin for the stick to fit.
Many apply the stick on the back, using melted chocolate. I personally do not care for that method.
There is no right or wrong way, only a way that works for you.
I like to bake my cookies, let cool 1-2 mins on sheet, move to cooling rack then insert the sticks. I roll my dough about 3/16" thick before baking and then use bamboo skewers as my sticks.
I like putting them in the cookie before baking, too. I have found that it works really well for me. Just remember to move them by holding the cookie, and not the stick until they are completely cooled and "set".