I used my favorite recipe for sugar cookies and royal icing from the Cookie Craft cookbook, and a technique for 20 second icing that I love that requires little to no piping skills. I used an edible marking pen to draw the outlines on the first dozen cookies, but after that I was comfortable enough to freehand all the rest - just another 4 dozen or so!
After that dried, I went back in and filled in the background with white icing using the same technique.
Et voila, we had paw print cookies! Lots and lots of paw print cookies, which Joseph was so excited to give to his friends.
I created a label and printed out multiples on sticker-backed paper, then packaged up a pair of cookies in cellophane bags for each recipient. We had enough for every classmate and all the teachers too.
They were such a huge hit that I'm sure I'll be making dozen upon dozen more of them for many different school occasions over the next 4 years.