In a medium mixing bowl, thoroughly mix together dry ingredients (flour thru salt); set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, honey and lemon zest until smooth; beat in egg.
Add dry ingredients in thirds, mixing well after each addition.
Scrape dough onto plastic wrap; shape it into a log about 12 inches long. Chill dough for an hour or so until firm, or up to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 350º F (180º C).
Cut log into 1/4-inch slices; place 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired, lightly pressing sugar into dough.
Bake in preheated 350º F (180º C) oven until edges are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
Cool cookies for 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a rack. Cool completely.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
Source: National Honey Board
Date: March 30, 2003-Revised March 9, 2004