|Core pears from the bottom end, leaving the stems intact. Using a vegetable peeler, peel strips at 1/2-inch intervals, starting at the top. If necessary, cut a thin slice from bottoms to help the pears stand upright.
Place pears on their side in a 2-quart square baking dish. Stir together lemon juice, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Brush onto pears. Pour any extra mixture over pears.
Bake, covered, at 375 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until pears are tender. Uncover; spoon extra liquid over pears.
To serve, place warm pears upright on plates, then hold each pear by the stem and tip slightly to sprinkle sides of each pear with 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate pieces, turning the pears as you sprinkle.
Makes 4 servings.