Mix together to a lump,
1 stick of butter or margarine
1 cup AP flour
3 heaping Tbsp. (or cup) sugar

1 tsp. sour cream (opt.)
1 tbsp. baking pwd.
1 tsp. soda
a pinch of salt
4 oz.(1/2 cup)buttermilk*

Mix well fold about 5 times.
Cut as thick as it is round.
Wash w/egg mixture and bake at 375* about 20 minutes
*Make buttermilk, to cup of regular milk add 2 Tbsp. vinegar stir.

Being a basic mix you need to add flavor and or nuts "n" stuff. Here is a suggestion, add 1/2 cup choco, chips or pecans. Maybe raisins. A long with any flavor
Add 3 Tbs. poppy seeds and 2 Tbsp almond flavor and mix well.