Christmas just isn’t Christmas without cut-out cookies. But it can be tricky to move your cookies from the cutting board to the baking sheet without leaving behind (gasp!) a gingerbread limb. Luckily, there’s a better way:
Instead of rolling out the cookie dough on the counter, roll it directly onto a sheet of parchment paper. Depending on your dough, you may also want to dust the parchment with a little flour before rolling. Then slide the entire parchment sheet onto a cookie sheet (the kind with only one raised edge works best), stamp out the cookie shapes with your cutters, and remove the excess dough from around the cut-outs.
The parchment is oven-safe, so you can bake the cookies right on it, and as a bonus, the cookies won’t stick to the sheet.