Mrs D’s Cookies first opened its doors in 1990 with a simple philosophy – to hand make, bake and distribute delicious cookies using all natural ingredients. Today, our philosophy remains the same, and our traditional recipes continue to keep those cookie and slice cravings satisfied with every bite.
From her shopfront at the Unley Shopping Centre, founder Leonie Davis started by offering Mrs D’s cookies direct to the public. The team’s daily dedication to the traditional hand-making process resulted in a growing demand for these delicacies. When the Unley Shopping Centre closed for redevelopment, Leonie saw the opportunity for her popular cookies and slices to reach even more people and she decided to experiment with wholesale distribution of her product – initially from her own kitchen.
Mrs D’s successfully launched into wholesale distribution and went from strength to strength. Looking for a unique way to display the cookies, Leonie was a pioneer of home-style hospitality, introducing glass countertop jars to retailers which have become a staple in cafes for showcasing and selling cookies to delighted customers. Always thinking and socially aware, Leonie would donate surplus cookies to local hospitals. This action would yield unexpected results, with the demand for Mrs D’s cookies growing again.Cookies and slices are still stocked in many hospitals around South Australia today.
Leonie moved from her own kitchen to a shop in Netley. Outgrowing the home kitchen and then a the small shopfront, the hunt for a new location began. After a couple of temporary locations, July 2002 was when Mrs D’s found its home in Marleston, where the company is still located today.
After 30 years in the business and a lifelong love of baking shared with her loyal clients, Leonie was ready to retire and in October 2022 the ownership of the business was handed over to her youngest son James and his fiancé Annunziata along with their two children Ava and Isabelle.
With Annunziata stepping in and taking the reins of day-to-day operations and James providing support behind the scenes, the pair are excited to lead the next 30 years of Mrs D’s growth, honouring the history, quality, and integrity that Leonie built the business upon.
The original cookie and slice supplier. Mrs D’s – often imitated, but never the same!