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.

subway cookies

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.
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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 1788 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 Liew
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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. 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!

    1. SARAH! I am shocked. But that’s okay- being in California, you have a myriad of much better choices 😉

      I think my childhood stories would bore you all but okay!

  2. 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.

  3. I used to loveeee Subway. I don’t remember my first time at one, probably because I’m American haha. I used to always get turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, black olives and Italian dressing!

  4. Turkey and swiss! That was my go-to sandwich. And then I think I ODd on subs after eating them over the summer since that was my go-to when I was working, and now I can’t even stomach the smell anymore. But cookies? YES.

    1. I’m sorry! i’ll stop linking up, I thought the concept of copying a famous cookie was strange! 😉

      but jalapeno cookies…you have me intrigued.

  5. So what got me with this post is that your cookies look just like Subway cookies! Usually when a blogger says “look-alike” I’m a little suspicious! Am def bookmarking this for future use!

  6. 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!

    1. YES! Oh man, that reminds me of when I ate tomato and mayo sandwiches for like…a year. Why? Because Harriet the bloody spy ate it.

  7. 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.

    1. Mate, my gym is next to a Subway. I workout, put on aftershave, go to work and everyone starts asking where the ham is.

  8. 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.

    1. Dude- there is a subway NEXT to my gym- mid bench press- you smell cookies and bread. It’s like death.

      Chocolate chunks > chips. Seriously. I have a surprise for you on Friday. FOR YOU.

    1. Hi Cece! I don’t think it would detract the flavour too much- add slightly more white chocolate chunks as I know raw cane sugar has a distinct, almost molasses taste. 🙂

  9. First off, sweet photos! And there is just something magical about whole chocolate & macadamia nuts for sure. Funny, I bake cookies but never bake this combo (even though I certainly buy them.) Great recipe!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. ….ONE cookie? Druga, I’m disappointed.

      PS I’ve made it my mission to insult you in every instagram picture post. 🙂

  12. Oh man, subway cookies are amazing. I don’t remember the first time I went to subway, actually. I’ve gone through phases over the years with what I order, but I love their turkey, pepper jack and acocado.