Copycat Subway White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

A take on Subway’s infamous recipe- These White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies taste even better than it’s inspirational and bonus- It’s suitable for those whom are gluten intolerant! Chewy, crispy and chock full of white chocolate and macadamia nuts! 

Copycat Subway White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies- A take on Subway's infamous recipe- These White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies taste even better than it's inspirational and bonus- It's suitable for those whom are gluten intolerant! Chewy, crispy and chock full of white chocolate and macadamia nuts! @thebigmansworld

This is to anyone who has ever eaten a Subway sandwich.

Who still remembers their first sandwich they ever ordered from Subway? I do.


The still remember the first time I went to Subway. It was a very new concept in Australia. Every Saturday morning I used to attend Chinese school. It was like punishment. I found it so hard to ‘speak’ the language and the written portion of it- it was like connect the dots. Connect the dots with consequences if you didn’t get it right.

The shining light after these 4 hour torture sessions was the post Chinese school ritual I’d do with my dad. We’d go to Box Hill Shopping Centre (a mall which was pretty much made up of Asian grocery stores, a train station and Asian restaurants). Dad would buy me lunch and then give me $2 to spend at the Games Centre or (as I usually would do), stock up on cheap candy and taunt Niki when I get home.


Pre Subway days, my lunch would be (insert something here) plus rice.

The day that Subway opened, my palate expanded and I ordered my first sub- A 6 inch turkey and cheddar sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Wow, an obsession had started.

From 1997 until 1999, Every Saturdays lunch would most likely be a Subway 6 inch turkey and cheddar sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Then came the day I tried their white chocolate and macadamia cookies.

Life. Changed.


I still had my subway sandwich of choice every Saturday- however- that glorious $2 spending money went towards 3 of those white chocolate and macadamia cookies. If it was the nice, dark haired girl working, I’d get 4.

Fast forward to days where I’m comfortable in the kitchen. Last year, after multiple attempts, I perfected the white chocolate and macadamia cookies. I even have pictorial proof of a date and time (thank you, iphoto).


I put Subway’s version on a pedestal and unless mine reached it- it wasn’t acceptable. Friends- we have a winner here and now, as much as I love Subway cookies, I can make my own. The only difference with these are- The used my favourite gluten free flour blend which does not sacrifice their taste at all! So now our gluten intolerant friends are covered. Chewy, the perfect balance of white chocolate chunks (NOT CHIPS) and roasted macadamias- Try to stop yourself at one. Or do what I did and make them smaller cookies so you can eat four and claim them to be the same size as a standard one.


Those cookies I ate every Saturday? You bet I taunted Niki with them when I got home. Too good to share.

If you love cookies, you will LOVE these 3 Ingredient Flourless Sugar Free Cookies– Guilt free and SO delicious!

Copycat Subway White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

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Servings: 12
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 cup flour of choice I used wholewheat and a gluten free blend
  • 2/3 cups coconut sugar can sub for brown or white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate roughly chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a cookie sheet with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and sea salt and mix to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, add the melted butter with the sugar and mix very well. Add the egg and vanilla extract and stir until fully incorporated.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix well. Stir through the macadamia nuts and white chocolate chunks.
  • Using your hands, roughly form golf ball sized cookies and place on the cookie sheet. Using a fork or the back of a spoon, press down lightly on each cookie. Ensure cookies are well spaced apart as they expand. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until slightly golden on top.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on baking tray.


Cookies can be kept in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
For crispier cookies (as pictured), remove from oven when golden on top.
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Do you remember the first time you went to Subway?

What was your ‘go to’ Sub?

Pickles and jalapenos in a sandwich. Yes? 

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103 thoughts on “Copycat Subway White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

  1. Omg seriously. Those photos. That cookie. areyoukiddingme

    And about and Subway go way back. I used to order turkey and lettuce on wheat. That’s it. Nothing else. Try ordering a sandwich there with only two ingredients. Everyone looks at you like you’re crazy. Of course my taste changed and expanded over time and in highschool it was meatball subs after school. Then I overdosed on the Subway in college and probably haven’t had it in over a year..ha!

    But seriously. Good freaking work on the photography! What camera/lens do you use?

      1. I’m vegan and for 8 years before going fully vegan, I hadn’t eaten any red meat or dairy for about 8 years – & I haven’t missed red meat at all… til you mentioned that sandwich! That was what I always had when I was in College. Holy cow (heh heh), the meatball subs were go-od! You know, I bet if I could copy that sauce, I could dupe a Subway meatball sub. Ooh, better write that down! (It had to be the sauce, yeah?)
        I *do* remember my first Subway sandwich, we didn’t have Subway in my city, probably even the whole state, and my Mom and I somehow ended up in one in Florida. We were happy campers when Subway came to Oklahoma City and Norman, OK.
        Amanda, your sammy would have been OK with some salad dressing on it! I always did that when I didn’t have anything exciting in the ‘frig. Put everything ya got on a bun, cover in Italian dressing til freaking soaked. :0)

  2. Tuna fish Fridays! I don’t know why, but I ALWAYS got that at Subway when I was in college. And I know those cookies from Subway well. SUPER excited to give your recipe a try!

    And by the way, I completely understand the torture of going to Chinese school on Saturday mornings. I went until I was 14!! Do you know how many Saturday morning cartoons I missed out on? Also, I was always impressed that Seinfeld casting directors actually hired someone who knew how speak Mandarin to play Ping.

    1. OMG.

      This is why we need to be house mates. We can bitch about our shunned childhoods where we missed out on everything. A bonus on my part? I got bullied for being HALF Chinese lol!

      I wish I was sitting there, making cup a soup, and singing that song from the lion king.

  3. Oh man! I had totally forgotten about these cookies until now! For the first few years working, where I still do now, I used to frequent the Subway store just across the road, every Friday and like Lisa, it was also Tuna fish Friday for me too! I dunno it felt kind of “healthier” having that! Well, until you added one or two of their cookies…..

    I’ve got a severe craving now. But I really like the idea of giving your Gluten free recipe a go. Plus your pictures look amazing! 🙂

  4. Mate, these look amazing. I am still waiting on my welcome cookie basket btw…
    I used to love Subway cookies – I would have 3 in one go… after my 6 inch sub… oops.
    I can’t wait to try these!

  5. Haha! We didn’t get a subway in Scotland until 2003, just before I went to uni!
    I got a meatball sub, because that’s what joey from friends always had! And if a member of friends did something then it must be good!
    I did enjoy it but quickly switched to ham or Turkey! But haven’t (obv) had an actual sub in years, had a salad from there though!

    Oh and pickles – always yes, jalapeños – just a couple 😉

  6. The first and only time that I’ve been to a Subway was 2 years ago on my holiday in London. It was the time where I started to get obsessed with what I was eating (in the negative way – which was stupid especially on holiday!). I opted for whole wheat, and no cheese, I don’t really remember it anymore. I’ve never been to Subway again, I don’t know why, but I don’t eat out often anyway. It’s nothing personal, Subway! 😀
    These cookies will be next on my cookies list!!

    1. Oh, and this is the first time you’ve mentioned your dad, at least I haven’t read anything about him until now on your blog. Is there a reason? I hope that’s not a too personal question!

  7. I actually just had one of these cookies from Subway the other day…. I wasn’t hungry enough for a sandwich so I opted for just a cookie 🙂 I love love love love love macadamia nut cookies and yours are healthier so basically I want one right now.

  8. LOL I used to have Subway all the time when I was younger. Chicken teriyaki or meatball! I preferred the double chocolate cookies. Now craving.

  9. Sweet little baby Jesus, I used to get these cookies ALL THE TIME!!! But, no matter how briefly I stayed inside the Subway, I would come out smelling like it. You know what I’m talking about, that Subway SMELL?!? It’s awful. I don’t know what it is. But now, I could have these cookies without the smell? Dude… I’m bowing down.

  10. I couldn’t tell you the first time I went to Subway – I grew up with it! As for my usual…I think when I was a kid it was an assorted with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Fortunately my tastes have expanded a little…but the white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies have always been my go-to Subway cookie!

  11. I have a confession: I am not a fan of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Actually, macadamia nuts are great, it’s the white chocolate that’s the issue. But, in a way, this is good news, cuz if we ever go to Subway together and there’s only one white macadamia nut cookie, we won’t have to fight to the deal for it

  12. OH NO YOU DIDN’T!!!
    You should change your blog name to Culinary Superstar’s World.

    I just get a veggie-loaded sub when I go to Subway – cheese, lettuce, tomato, olives, YES TO PICKLES AND JALEPENOS, hot banana peppers, aaaaand I think that’s it. And sub sauce of course.

  13. Box Hill Shopping Centre – I love that place, I spent my high school years hanging out there. Did you go to Chinese school at BHHS? THat was my high school.
    In case you wanted to know, the Subway is still there in the shopping centre but they also have a mini hawker food market there now too which I’m yet to try but all reports have been very positive. Box Hill is also the best place for dumplings!!
    Will have to try this recipe when I actually have access to cooking facilities 🙂

  14. I am one of the three Americans who has never eaten at Subway. I have, however, used the restrooms because of the proximity to the bus station. While I cannot attest to the accuracy of your cookie creation, judging by the tempting photos, your mad baking skills have done it again!
    Please include more childhood stories like this one. Do you still speak/write Chinese? What about Farsi?
    Have a great weekend!

  15. Oh Subway 🙂 the only store that you can walk into for five seconds and leave smelling like the place for hours.

    Those cookies are amazing – and I don’t love white chocolate very much so that’s saying something!

    I’m glad someone else acknowledges that chocolate chunks and chocolate chips are VERY DIFFERENT in cookies! I’ve been converted to chunks – they melt sooo much better.

    I used to get the veggie sub – all the veggies and cheeses melted with their “Chipotle” sauce – suuuuuper healthy (not) haha.

  16. These photos are FANTASTIC!! Great job, they make even a non butter, egg, or white chocolate eater like me wanting a bite. I don’t remember my first Subway trip, but I would always get turkey and american cheese on white bread. Talk about barftastic these days…now I’m all about that veggie piled to the roof life. I also used to eat 15 jalapeno poppers in one sitting as a child, I was clearly indestructible.

  17. Oh yes, those are by far my favorite cookies! Ever! For this recipe I will even break my no sugar rule! Why the hell did you keep this so long from us????
    The first time I ever had a Subway Sandwich was in Vienna in 2004. It was Stefan’s and my first holiday alone together and coincidentially it was also the first time I had a Starbucks Latte! Still one of my favorite holidays. Ever since I love roasted chicken breast or chicken teriaki. We usually share a sub and all I ever say to Stefan is: Take whatever you want but I don’t want jalapenos and pickles!

  18. Will you believe me if I say I’ve never had a Subway cookie?! We used to go there every week after religion class when I was younger but never once did I think to ask for a cookie.

  19. I had a Subway tradition when I was younger too! Every Friday in high school my friends and I went to Subway for their $5 footlong and drink deal. And then we’d all sit in class together afterwards and reek of that Subway smell. You know what smell I’m talking about.

    Obviously I’ve never had these cookies, but your version looks awesome! And thanks to you I can finally try them without the macadamia nuts!

  20. White chocolate and macadamia nuts are one of my absolute favorite cookie combinations. I love that you have those memories and that you recreated the subway version of this cookie. Amen to butter, sugar, white chocolate and nuts.

  21. Hi,

    I’m late on this but glad to have found a recipe for my favourite cookies ever! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

    I used to live next door to a subway and sneak out at night just to get me some of these, actually they had a special price if you bought 3 😉 But ever since I moved AND became gluten intolerant, no more mac cookies for me.

    So when I found your recipe I rushed to make me some. I’d like to share the mistakes I made for others to avoid them. First, I used a gluten free flour mix for bread, and I didn’t notice that it had yeast in it.. So obviously the cookies became soft, fluffy and bread-like instead of crunchy and chewy. Then I used the same amount of sugar as indicated, but with brown sugar it turned out too sweet for my taste. I didn’t use salted butter but with salted macadamias the taste turned out just fine.

    Besides that, I’m glad I tried and won’t give up yet. Next time I’ll try a 50/50 mix of rice flour and corn starch.

    Keep up the nice work! Greetings from France!

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