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Red Velvet Macadamia Nut Cookies

Red Velvet Macadamia Nut Cookies |

Are you a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie fan?

I am. Big time.

I could keep Subway in business for life if I could purchase and eat as many of their cookies as I wanted to on any given day. I don’t know why, of all cookies, I have a soft spot for Subway cookies… it seem sort of wrong, doesn’t it? Because, like… they’re not even a bakery! Heck, they aren’t even a that great of a sub shop (although, don’t get me wrong– I still plow through a 6-inch once a week!), but I just can’t help it… I love ’em!

Red Velvet Macadamia Nut Cookies |


Let’s move on to these cookies. They are way better than Subway cookies. Way, waaaaay better.

Because, for one, they’re Red Velvet. Which puts them ahead 100 points automatically. And, for two, I photographed them with a cute pink straw which makes them all Valentines-y. Obviously giving them even more imaginary points.

Also, they’re perfectly buttery crispy around the edges and chewy in the middle. So… ya know… more points.

Red Velvet Macadamia Nut Cookies |

Red Velvet Macadamia Nut Cookies

Yield: approximately 3 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, chilled*
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cup Red Velvet cake mix
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until smooth, and you can no longer see any butter chunks.*
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix until smooth.
  4. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water. Add the baking soda-water to the mixing bowl. Add the flour and cake mix, and mix just until the dough forms.
  5. Stir the chocolate chips and macadamia nuts in with a spoon or spatula.
  6. Scoop the dough onto a lined baking sheet. For this recipe, I like to stack two tablespoon scoops on top of each other for one cookie, and I keep them at least two inches apart from the other cookies.
  7. Bake for 10-13 minutes until the edges are set. Let cool completely on baking sheet.


These cookies spread a bit. They're still chewy and yummy, but fairly thin (as pictured). You can try freezing the dough for about 10 minutes before baking to help prevent spreading. But I've found the most effective way to make these cookies THICK and chewy is to substitute half of the butter with shortening, and no chill time needed.

However, I REALLY loved these as thin cookies, which is why I'm posting them like this :)

Don’t miss a bite!

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13 Responses to “Red Velvet Macadamia Nut Cookies”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on January 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm (#)

    I remember eating Subway cookies like crazy when I was growing up, oh, the good ole days :)

    And these look about 1 million times better than any of their cookies! Pinned

  2. Emma posted on January 9, 2014 at 5:53 am (#)

    yes, yes, just yes!

  3. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on January 9, 2014 at 7:13 am (#)

    I love Subway cookies too… But now that I think about I haven’t actually met a cookie that I don’t like :) These look yummy!

  4. Megan - The Emotional Baker posted on January 9, 2014 at 7:25 am (#)

    These cookies look amazing! I’m sure they top Subway cookies especially since they’re red velvet!

  5. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on January 9, 2014 at 7:52 am (#)

    Subway White Choc Macadamia Cookies are my favorite too! Oh man, when you warm them up….I’m drooling.
    BUT these cookies give those cookies a run for their money. I mean, red velvet with white chocolate and macadamia? You win. I <3 you

  6. Teresa Young posted on January 9, 2014 at 10:26 am (#)

    cookies from Subway are so good! I don’t get why a “healthy” fast food restaurant would have such good sweet treats…

    these look amazing! I bet that red velvet is a great pairing with white chocolate and macadamias!

  7. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on January 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm (#)

    These are so pretty, Ashton! A perfect Valentine’s day treat. And, I’m sure, 50 million times better than Subway’s cookies–even though they are delicious. :)

  8. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on January 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm (#)

    Cookies are pretty much the only thing I love about Subway… they’re that good. There was a subway in the cafeteria at my old job and I got some almost all the time. Red velvet gives Subway a run for their money though!

  9. Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse posted on January 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm (#)

    Oooommggg I used to eat Subway 3 times a week when I was in highschool/undergrad!! These look amazing Ashton =) Pinned!

  10. Dina posted on January 10, 2014 at 12:17 am (#)

    haven’t had red velvet cookies but i love the cake, so i’m sure i’d love these!

  11. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on January 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm (#)

    I totally agree about subway cookies! But now THESE cookies would NOT be safe in my house either!

  12. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on January 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm (#)

    There is just something about those Subway cookies…can’t stop eating them! Love these gorgeous red velvet cookies! I’m sure they would disappear way too quickly if I had them in front of me for real!

  13. Amanda posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:07 am (#)

    Subway cookies are my favorite but these look 100x more delicious! Definitely going to give this a try. Which red velvet cake mix did you use for this?