Copycat Subway Cookies

Subway Cookies are soft and chewy cookies studded with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Inspired by Subway white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, they are perfect to add to your cookie baking rotation! 

I love copycat recipes of some of my very favorite desserts, including Levain Bakery Cookies, Tesla Chocolate Chip Cookies, and these Subway Cookies

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When the first Subway store opened in Australia, I was one of their most loyal fans. I had a weekly routine of finishing Saturday language school, and heading with my dad to Subway for lunch. I used to scoff down whichever sandwich I’d picked that day, purely so I could nosedive into their famous cookies. In my opinion, Subway truly makes the BEST cookies ever. 

Their meal deal always came with a cookie, and I’d always bribe my dad to give me his. There was something magical about Subway cookies- Crispy edges, soft centers, and loaded with whatever flavor you chose.

I always chose the white chocolate macadamia ones, and to this day, they remain my favorite cookie ever.

As such, I HAD to make my own Subway cookie recipe.

After many, many trials, I perfected it, and have my own copycat version. It has the exact same texture and flavor of the famous Subway ones, but personally, I think my version is better- You don’t need any eggs or dairy for them, and they take just 12 minutes.

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How do you make Subway Cookies

No fancy kitchen mixers or hard to find ingredients needed- Just a mixing bowl! The hard part is waiting for the dough to chill, but I promise you it is worth it!

The Ingredients

  • White and Brown Sugar– White sugar keeps the edges crispy, whereas brown sugar keeps the center soft and chewy. 
  • Oil of choice– 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

Start by mixing together 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. Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate for 1 hour. After the dough has chilled, form 12 balls of dough and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies at 180C/350F for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Can I freeze the cookie dough?

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. 

Can I make these cookies sugar free? 

Yes, if you’d like to make these sugar free, make the following substitutions-

  • White sugar– Use either erythritol or monk fruit sweetener. You can also use any baking stevia. 
  • Brown sugar– Either use more erythritol, or use sugar free brown sugar. 
  • Chocolate Chips– Use sugar free white chocolate chips or a chopped up sugar free white chocolate bar. 

Tips to make the best Subway Cookies

  • Do not overbake 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.

Storing and Freezing Cookies

  • 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.

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Copycat Subway White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Subway Cookies are a copycat version of Subway's white chocolate macadamia nut cookies! Crisp edges, gooey centers, and loaded with plenty of white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
5 from 90 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 22 minutes
Servings: 12 Cookies
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Arman


  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour gluten free, if needed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup white sugar * see notes
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar * see notes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons oil of choice canola, vegetable, etc.
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice I used almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp 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 large mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and sea salt and mix to combine.
  • 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 keep these cookies sugar free, use monk fruit sweetener (for the white sugar) and sugar free brown sugar.
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.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 28g
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    109 thoughts on “Copycat Subway Cookies

    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.

    7. 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)

    8. 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 🙂

    9. 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 😉

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