Add buttermilk, flavor extracts, baking soda and cream of tarter and blend well.
Now by hand with a wooden spoon, add flour 1 cup at a time until the mixture is stiff.
Drop from heaping tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet 2 to 3 inches apart. If not icing you may press on the nuts or sprinkles now (or you can ice or frost and decorate with sprinkles after baking).
Bake in a preheated 375F oven, center oven rack, 10 to 13 minutes or until cookie edges are slightly brown and tops look set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Overbaking cause dry, hard cookies.
Carefully remove to rack to cool. Frost or decorate as desired.
Notes: recipe may be halved, cookies freeze well, for best baking use an insulated baking sheet as these tend to burn on the bottom. Store airtight.