Covid-19 Australia: Father-daughter duo launch The Dough Co selling ready-to-bake cookie dough


Savvy young law student, 23, saves her father’s catering company from Covid disaster by launching rolls of oven-ready cookie dough

  • A savvy young law student saved her father from disaster with cookie dough
  • Amy Silver used dad’s commercial kitchen to make ready-to-bake dough rolls
  • They sold the dough at Melbourne markets, then took their products online
  • The duo have turned over more than $30,000 in the past five months 


A savvy young law student has saved her father from the brink of Covid-induced disaster with rolls of ready-to-bake cookie dough.

When Mark Silver’s corporate catering company was forced to close at the start of the pandemic, daughter Amy, 23, came up with a clever way to keep the family’s commercial kitchen in business.

After an ‘insanely positive’ response to their rolls of pre-made cookie dough at farmers’ markets across Melbourne, the duo launched The Dough Co and took their products online on April 5.

In the five months since, the Silvers have turned over more than $30,000 by selling enough dough to make a whopping 25,000 cookies – as well as keeping their staff in jobs at a time of unprecedented hardship for the Australian hospitality industry.

When Mark Silver’s catering company was forced to close at the start of the pandemic, daughter Amy, 23, came up with a way to keep the family’s commercial kitchen in business

After an 'insanely positive' response to their rolls of cookie dough at farmers' markets across Melbourne, the duo launched The Dough Co and took their products online on April 5

Each roll costs $14.95 and contains enough to make 10 normal-sized cookies or five jumbo ones, depending on how you like to eat them

After an ‘insanely positive’ response to their rolls of cookie dough at farmers’ markets across Melbourne, the duo launched The Dough Co and took their products online on April 5

‘I was looking for a way to keep my staff employed during the uncertainty of Covid, while also supporting my family,’ Mark, 56, told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It’s been absolutely amazing and if we continue they way we are going, we’re projected to do double [their current turnover] before the end of the year.’   

Each roll costs $14.95 and contains enough to make 10 normal-sized cookies or five jumbo ones, depending on how you like to eat them.

All you need do is slice the dough into chunks, pop them on a baking tray and slide it into the oven for eight to 12 minutes – no skill or mixing required.

In the five months since, the Silvers (pictured) have turned over $30,000 and managed to keep their staff in jobs at a time of unprecedented hardship for the hospitality industry

In the five months since, the Silvers (pictured) have turned over $30,000 and managed to keep their staff in jobs at a time of unprecedented hardship for the hospitality industry

They have sold enough dough to make a whopping 25,000 cookies

They have sold enough dough to make a whopping 25,000 cookies

Customers can choose from a range of six flavours that includes chocolate chip, chocolate orange, chocolate mint and white chocolate and cranberry, as well as a gluten-free chocolate chip alternative and vegan-friendly golden oat. 

The Silvers took to Instagram in July to announce a partnership with independent Fairfield grocer, Biviano and Sons, their first-ever stockist.

‘A lot of people have started reaching out to us since then, it’s just taken off,’ Amy said.

Fans were quick to applaud the move into a permanent store, with one woman writing: ‘Congratulations on this! A whole heap more people are gonna get to try your delicious treats – how exciting!’

The Silvers took to Instagram in July to announce a partnership with independent Fairfield grocer, Biviano and Sons, their first-ever stockist

The Silvers took to Instagram in July to announce a partnership with independent Fairfield grocer, Biviano and Sons, their first-ever stockist

Customers can choose from a range of six flavours that includes chocolate chip, chocolate orange, chocolate mint and white chocolate and cranberry, as well as a gluten-free chocolate chip alternative and vegan-friendly golden oat

All you need do is slice the dough into chunks, pop them on a baking tray and slide it into the oven for eight to 12 minutes - no skill or mixing required

Customers can choose from a range of six flavours that includes chocolate chip, chocolate orange, chocolate mint and white chocolate and cranberry, as well as a gluten-free chocolate chip alternative and vegan-friendly golden oat

The father-daughter duo have also been accepted into Monash University's prestigious Accelerator program

The father-daughter duo have also been accepted into Monash University’s prestigious Accelerator program

The father-daughter duo have also been accepted into Monash University’s prestigious Accelerator program, beating out 180 promising start-ups for a spot in the 12-week initiative designed to help fledging businesses grow and scale their operations.

‘We are really excited to take The Dough Co to another level with the help of this program and keep expanding,’ said Mark. 

The Dough Co ready-to-bake cookie dough rolls are available to order online from the brand’s website and at select independent grocery stores across Melbourne.

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