Warm Cheese and Glazed Pecan Dip
1 1/2 c. pecan halves
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
3 tbsp. packed light-brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1/4 tsp. plus a pinch of cayenne pepper
12 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
8 oz. extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 c. heavy cream
2 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put pecans, butter, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper into a medium bowl; toss to combine.
Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
Bake until fragrant and sugar has melted, about 5 minutes.
Let cool completely.
Process cream cheese, cheddar, and cream in a food processor until well combined.
Transfer to a medium bowl.
Stir in scallions, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining pinch of cayenne.
Spoon cheese mixture into 2 round baking dishes (6 to 7 inches in diameter and about 1 inch deep).
Arrange glazed pecans on top. Bake until dip is just heated through, about 10 minutes.