Combine flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt; stir well. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Combine buttermilk, egg, and syrup; stir into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a smooth ball. Press down with fingertips to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into 4 equal pie-shaped pieces. Prick each with the tines of a fork. Place on greased and floured baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes.
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