Make Gift Giving Easy with Our 3 Tips

Gift Giving Guide

Still a few people left to buy for on your holiday shopping list? Get those gifts done in no time with our three easy ideas.

Turn Rewards Points into Gifts

With your Merchants Bank Visa ScoreCard Credit Card*, you can redeem earned points for merchandise, travel rewards, or even gift cards. Simply login to your ScoreCard Rewards account to use your points for holiday gifts for our loved ones – or even yourself.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to scorecardrewards.com.
  2. Login to your account.
  3. Click on the “Go Shopping” button under “ScoreMore.”
  4. Add items to your cart and checkout using your points when finished shopping.

If you don’t yet have a Merchants Bank Visa ScoreCard, apply online or contact us and we can help you apply.

Buy the Gift that Always Fits

You can never go wrong with a gift card. It’s always the right size, color and style for anyone on your list. Plus, it’s easy to wrap!

Did you know you can purchase Visa Gift Cards at all of our Merchants Bank locations? Just visit your local branch and see one of our tellers to purchase your gift card(s), available in even dollar amounts between $10-$1,000.

Shop Small with a Local Cookbook

If you’re looking for a unique item for the cook or baker in your family, our Merchants cookbook makes a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

The Merchants Family Cookbook was first published in 2005 and is a collection of recipes shared by Merchants’ staff, family and friends. Now in its second printing with over 400 pages of recipes, the cookbook is available at all of our locations for just $10 each.

Happy holiday shopping and Merry Christmas from your friends at Merchants Bank!

*Credit cards are subject to credit approval.

 

Peach Cobbler from the Merchants Family Cookbook

 

BlogRecipe-PeachCobblerIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 can (16 oz) sliced peaches, save liquid
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp banking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

 

Directions:

Pour butter into a shallow 2 quart baking dish; set aside. Drain peaches, reserving 1/4 cup juice. In a saucepan, bring the peaches and juice just to a boil. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, flour, milk, baking powder and salt; mix well. Pour over butter in baking dish. Spoon hot peaches over batter. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until cake tests done. Serve warm.

Yield: 6-8 servings.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Strawberry Pecan Pie from the Merchants Bank Family Cookbook

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Layer 1: 1 ½ cup flour, ¾ cup butter, ½ cup pecans

Mix and spread in pie pan. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool completely.

Layer 2: 8 oz. package cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp milk, ½ tsp almond extract

Mix well & spread over crust.

Layer 3: 1-2 pounds fresh strawberries sliced.

Place berries on cream cheese layer.

Layer 4: Whipped cream or cool whip

Spread over berries. Garnish with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Fresh Mango Salsa FROM THE MERCHANTS FAMILY COOKBOOK

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Ingredients

  • 4 mangos, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate overnight. Serve with lime chips, grilled chicken, pork or fish.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Grilled Cajun Shrimp from the Merchants Family Cookbook

Recipe-CajunGrilledShrimp

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb. large shrimp
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 stick butter
  • Oil for greasing grill

Directions

Butterfly Shrimp: With a sharp knife, slit underside of shrimp lengthwise.

Marinate Shrimp: Combine paprika, salt, pepper and garlic. Stir into melted butter. Add shrimp to mixture and coat evenly. Marinate for 1 hour.

Grill Shrimp: Shake off and save marinade. Arrange shrimp on grill or place on wooden skewers. Grill shrimp 3-4 minutes, brush with marinade, continue cooking 1-2 minutes. Garnish with lime or cilantro if desired.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad from the Merchants Family Cookbook

Farmers Market Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. rotini Pasta, Cooked, Drained
  • 1 C. Broccoli Florets
  • 1 C. Carrots, Sliced
  • 1 C. Cherry Tomatoes. Halved
  • ¼ C. Green Onions, Sliced
  • 16oz. Container Cottage Cheese
  • ½ C. Ranch Dressing
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions: Toss Rotini and vegetables in large bowl. Add cottage cheese and dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake

BlogRecipe-PumpkinCheesecake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 3 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • whipped cream

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Make the crust by combining the gram cracker crumbs with the melted butter and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a medium bowl. Stir well enough to coat all of the crumbs with the butter, but not so much as to turn the mixture into paste. Keep it crumbly. Press the crumbs onto the bottom and about 2/3 of the way up the sides of a spring form pan. You don’t want the crust to form all of the way up the back of each slice of cheesecake. Bake the crust for 5 minutes, then set it aside until you are ready to fill it.

In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and continue to beat until smooth and creamy.

Pour the filling into the pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes. Top will turn a bit darker at this point. Remove from the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool.

When the cheesecake has come to room temperature, put it into the refrigerator. When the cheesecake has chilled, remove the pan sides and cut the cake into 8 equal pieces. Use dental floss to make a clean cut. Serve with a generous portion of whipped cream on top. Serves 8.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Rich Raspberry Scones

BlogRecipeEmployeeFav-RaspScones

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup Crisco, butter flavored
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk or half and half
  • Cinnamon and sugar mixture

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in the Crisco with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gently stir in raspberries, taking care to keep them as whole as possible. Whisk eggs with milk (or half and half). Lightly stir into the flour mixture. Turn dough out onto a floured board, handling as little as possible. Shape the dough into two (6 inch diameter x 3/4 inch thick) rounds. Score each circle into wedges with a sharp knife. Brush with a bit of milk, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Test with toothpick after 15 minutes of baking.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Waikiki Meatballs

BlogRecipeEmployeeFav-WaikikiMeatballsIngredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2/3 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp. shortening
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 13.5 ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve liquid)
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup green peppers, chopped

 

Directions:

Mix beef, crumbs, onion, egg, salt, ginger and milk thoroughly. Shape mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into balls. Melt shortening in large skillet. Brown and cook meatballs. Remove meatballs. Keep them warm. Pour fat from skillet. Mix cornstarch and sugar. Stir in reserved pineapple juice, vinegar, and soy sauce until smooth. Pour into skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Stir while boiling for one minute. Add meatballs, pineapple tidbits and green peppers. Heat through.

 

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Tortilla Roll-Ups

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 12 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package dry Ranch dressing mix
  • chopped onion, if desired
  • 8-10 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • extra salsa

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and spread a thin layer of mix on each tortilla. Roll tortillas and refrigerate 30 minutes. Cut rolls into bite-sized pieces and serve with salsa.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.