White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies

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It’s been a while since I went to Subway but I have to admit that every time I go there I can’t leave without a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie.  I drove past Subway last week on my way to the shopping center and thought, “surely someone has come up with a clone recipe that I could make myself.”

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Well, folks, someone did. Frankly, LOTS of people did.  I’m so far behind the times.  I looked at a lot of recipes (a LOT of recipes) and decided to work with the one I found on WarmVanillaSugar.com.  I used a few less nuts, more vanilla, sifted the flour, etc but basically it’s her recipe with my changes.

4.9 from 16 reviews
White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies
I finally made a cookie that taste just like the ones at Subway. I hope you like them.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
  • 3¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate, chopped (or use white choc chips)
  • 1¼ cups coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  1. Heat oven to 180C; 350F and grease baking sheets or line sheets with baking paper.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a large bown and mix together or sift. (I sifted)
  3. Beat the butter and the sugars until creamy
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition
  5. Add vanilla extract and beat again - scrape down the side too
  6. On low speed add the flour mixture a cup at a time and mix well.
  7. Stir in the chocolate and nuts - you don't want to break these down.
  8. Drop by spoonful (or ice cream scoop) on baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes, depending upon how chewy you want your cookies. Check your oven, you might need more or less time.
  9. If you like your cookies chewy, keep them in an air tight container.
  10. This makes a lot. I baked 1½ dozen and have enough dough in the fridge for heaps more. I hope you like the cookies!



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  1. says

    I have been in love with white chocolate and macadamia cookies ever since I tasted my first bite…about 8 years ago or so. Until then I always pick (dark) chocolate chip and refused to eat anything else. I was so wrong. Now this is my favorite cookies and of course I’ll need to make these. Beautiful presentation too!

  2. Frida says

    I’m gonna try and make these cookies, but I have some questions before I begin. In the list of ingredienses you mention brown sugar and granulated sugar, but in the instructions they are never mentioned. So my question is if and when these ingredienses are supposed to be put into the mix?


  3. Jan says

    Hello Maureen and thank you for what sounds like the perfect recipe for the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies! My husband and I just returned from a trip to Hawaii, and after visiting one of Hawaii’s beautiful botanical gardens where they allowed us to pick up as many fallen Macadamia Nuts as we wanted! My husband has painstakingly cracked open these wonderful ripe nuts and now I have the perfect recipe to try!! Yum! Can hardly wait to taste these! Thank you for posting this great recipe!
    Jan- Arizona

    • says

      I applaud your husband’s tenacity for getting those nuts open. I’ve got a little macadamia nut hammer that works beautifully but it would be tough with a hammer to keep the nuts whole. I hope you try these cookies!

  4. Stephanie says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. My 2nd attempt at making white chocolate macadamia nut cookies ever , this time with this recipe. My 3 boys and husband loved it, and had a few before making their way to the indoor skydiving tunnel. I’m encouraged by their response to try my hand at baking other cookies/cakes.

  5. Jessica Willard says

    I am trying to find a White Chocolate Chip Macadamia recipe for cookie cutters, will this work? I am a new baker and I know it’s simple to do chocolate chip or sugar cookies but would really like to do White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut. Thank you:)

  6. cookielicious says

    This is by far the best cookie I have ever made. I knew I had the perfect cookie once the cookie dough came together. It wasn’t doughy or dry, just PERFECT! The end result was decadent. I would make this cookie again…very soon! The downside is that these are very addictive..one isn’t always enough..or two or three or four!

  7. Deepa says

    Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for the lovely recipe. I tried them out yesterday (I substituted Self Rising Flour for AP Flour knocked off baking soda and salt and replaced EnerG Egg Replacer for 2 Large Eggs). However my cookies turned out to be super crunchy, crispy flat and not chewy and soft like the ones served in subway. I have some more cookie dough left. Where do u think I went wrong ?


  8. Roxanne says


    I made these cookies last night and they are unbelievable. They are exactly like Subway if not better. I only cooked them about 11 min and they are soft and chewy. I will definitely be adding your recipe to my collection. Thank you!


  9. JANE says

    Hi, found you on a google search, wanted to make these cookies for my hubby as they are is fave!!! They are soft and very yummy, just like subway cookies. I got 48 cookies from this recipe. I will need to share them with some friends hehehe

  10. says

    I want to try this recipe-they look and sound awsome. I got a great deal on some dried raspberries. Can I add these without making any other changes??? Thanks for your help.

  11. says

    I would like to try these cookies as they look and sound delicious. I got a great deal on some dried raspberries-could I ass these without changing any of the other ingredients???? Thanks for your help.

    • says

      It’s baking soda (bi-carb). Baking powder makes cookies cakey and high and baking soda makes them flattish. I wanted cookies like Subway – flat – so it’s baking soda.

    • says

      I’m so sorry your cookies weren’t chewy. Mine were. I even went to Subway to buy some to compare and 3 of the testers couldn’t tell the difference.


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