2. Peel and core the pears, leaving the stems intact, and add them to the pot.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the pears are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove the pears and apricots from the liquid and let them cool. Simmer the liquid until it becomes syrupy and has reduced to about 1 cup.
4. Finely chop the apricots, dates and pistachio nuts and mix them with the gingersnaps. Stuff about 2 tablespoons of this mixture into the cavity of each pear.
5. Place the stuffed pears on a large serving platter or on individual plates. Drizzle with syrup and garnish with mint sprigs.