Subway Cookies


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Learn how to make the famous Subway cookies using this copycat recipe! Made with simple ingredients, they take just 12 minutes to bake and come with 6 flavor options.

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It’s ironic that my favorite cookie comes from a sandwich shop.

If you’ve never tried one of Subway’s famous cookies, you haven’t lived. They come in multiple flavors, like chocolate chip and raspberry cheesecake. However, my favorite is their white chocolate and macadamia nut.

I love it so much, I’ve made a copycat version of it.

  • No eggs or butter. For such a buttery cookie, you’d be surprised neither of those ingredients are required. They are perfect for a vegan or dairy free diet! 
  • Made in one bowl. No mixers or kitchen gadgets required. 
  • Freezer friendly dough. Freeze the dough up to two months in advance! 
  • Easily made gluten free. Swap out the flour for a gluten free blend. 

What I love about this recipe is that the base works for over five cookie flavors! While the original recipe is for the white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies, you can easily switch it up!

How to make Subway cookies

The Ingredients.

  • White and Brown Sugar- White sugar keeps the edges crispy, whereas brown sugar keeps the center soft and chewy. 
  • Canola oil- Either canola oil or vegetable oil, as they are neutral tasting. If you’d like to use butter or vegan butter, you are free to use that too. 
  • Milk of choice- Any milk of choice will work, like almond, soy, or any other milk. 
  • Vanilla Extract- A must for good cookie or dessert recipe! I love how it gives the cookies a subtle vanilla flavor. 
  • All Purpose Flour- Sift your flour before using it, to ensure no clumps remain. I used gluten free all purpose flour, to keep it gluten free. 
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda- Leavens out the cookies, gives them a little rise, and allows them to spread well. 
  • Salt- Brings out the sweetness of the cookies.
  • White Chocolate Chips- Use good quality white chocolate chips, as sometimes they can be a little waxy. 
  • Macadamia Nuts- Adds some crunch and pairs beautifully with the white chocolate. Roughly chop the nuts, to mix well into the cookie dough.

The Instructions. 

Make the dough: Start by mixing your sugars, oil, milk, and vanilla extract, until combined and glossy. Add in your dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold through your white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.

Refrigerate the dough: Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate for 1 hour

Bake the cookies: Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are just firm to touch. 

Cool and enjoy: Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

how to make subway cookies

Yes, you can freeze the raw cookie dough and bake it at a later time.

Once you’ve prepared your cookie dough, form a large ball, and cover it completely with plastic wrap. Place it in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to bake with it, let it sit at room temperature until chilled, but durable. 

Subway cookie calories

There are between 186 to 232 calories in each subway cookie, depending on the flavor.

Expert tips for success

  • Do not over-bake the cookies, as you want them to have the slightly crisp edges and gooey centers.
  • You must refrigerate the dough, otherwise, your cookies will be flat and spread considerably. 
  • Reserve some white chocolate chips to top the cookies with, for aesthetic purposes. 
  • Be careful when transferring the cookies to the cooling rack, as they will be very fragile.

Flavor variations

For the following flavors, swap out the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts and instead, make the following changes-

  • Chocolate chip– Add 1 cup of chocolate chips. 
  • Oatmeal raisin– Fold through 1/4 cup of rolled oats and 1/2 cup raisins. 
  • Raspberry cheesecake– Add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries and 1/4 cup of softened cream cheese.
  • Double chocolate chip– Add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and 1 cup of chocolate and white chocolate chips. 
  • Peanut butter– Make these peanut butter cookies

Storing and freezing instructions

  • To store: Leftover cookies will keep at room temperature, in a sealed container, for up to 2 weeks. You can also refrigerate them to keep them longer. 
  • To freeze: Cookies are freezer friendly and can be stored in the freezer, for up to 6 months. I like using a ziplock bag or a shallow container.
macadamia cookies subway

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are subway cookies so nice?

Subway cookies are super popular because of their delicious sweet and buttery flavor and perfect texture.

What is the most popular cookie at Subway?

The white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies are the most popular cookie at Subway.

Can I make these cookies healthier?

Swap out the sugar for a brown sugar substitute and use sugar free white chocolate chips.

subway white chocolate cookies

Subway Cookies (6 Flavors!)

5 from 1640 votes
Learn how to make the famous Subway cookies using this copycat recipe! Made with simple ingredients, they take just 12 minutes to bake and come with 6 flavor options.
Servings: 12 Cookies
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 11 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour gluten free, if needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons oil of choice canola, vegetable, etc.
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice I used almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips dairy free, if needed
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts chopped


  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together your flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and set aside. Add your salt.
  • In a separate bowl, add the white sugar, brown sugar, and oil, and whisk together. Add your milk and vanilla extract.
  • Gently add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and mix well. Fold through your chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Cover the bowl, and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Using your hands, form 12 balls of dough. Place the balls of dough onto the lined baking sheet, 1-2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


TO STORE: Leftover cookies will keep at room temperature, in a sealed container, for up to 2 weeks. You can also refrigerate them to keep them longer. 
TO FREEZE: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to six months. 


Serving: 1CookieCalories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSodium: 145mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 28g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

    1. Australia doesn’t even have hot banana peppers. We fail.

      LOL. I think I’d be falsely advertising my blog, should I change it to that haha!

  7. Subway white chocolate mac cookies are THE ABSOLUTE BEST. (Costco cookies too!!!)

    I can’t wait to make these, even though they’re not Paleo or vegan or fruitarian.

  8. 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)

  9. 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 🙂

    1. Hi Megan! haha, I love hearing from a local reader- I have been there since and the hawker food market is SO GOOD. I had a onion and chives pancake and nearly died.

  10. 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 😉